A special visitor to Hunstanton RNLI station last week was Newcastle photographer Jack Lowe – who has set himself a long-term project of snapping all 237 lifeboat stations in the British Isles. And he is using a 110-year-old camera to capture the images on plates of glass.
The grandson of Dad’s Army actor, the late Arthur Lowe, he is travelling in a decommissioned NHS ambulance bought on E-Bay for £2,500, converted into a darkroom, and expects to take four years to visit all the stations.
This is a self-funded project and eventually all the images will be showcased at an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich, London.
Having been a RNLI fan since he was eight years old, Mr Lowe is now following his heart and said: “I see it as pulling a needle and thread around the country documenting a unique piece of British culture.”
He is pictured above by Geoff Needham preparing his photograph of the Hunstanton crew and their hovercraft.