Wet Plate Photography with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (feat. Jack Lowe)

Are you interested in wet plate photography and the life-saving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution? Join us as we explore the fascinating world of wet plate photography and its collaboration with the RNLI. Renowned photographer Jack Lowe has partnered with the RNLI to capture stunning images using this historic photographic process, creating beautiful and timeless images of the brave volunteers who risk their lives to save others at sea. In this blog, we’ll delve into the history of wet plate photography, the work of the RNLI, and the incredible collaboration between the two, showcasing the powerful and emotive images that have been created as a result.





Wet Plate Photography with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (feat. Jack Lowe)

Wet Plate Photography with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

I’ve been really looking forward to sharing this film with you because for me this photographer is a great example of an artist who’s found a way to point the things that he loves and a need that he sees in the world. He chose to combine his passion for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and his passion for photography by traveling around the coast to all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations to take photographs of those places and the people who work there using wet plate collodion photography on glass plates.

The 10-Year Project

Jack Lowe knew when he started out that this project would take him 10 years of his life to complete. In this interview, I’m catching up with him in year 8 of this 10-year project and asking him to look back and tell us about finding the courage to leave his day job to start this very long-term project.

About the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is an organization founded in 1824 by Sir William Hillary. The organization is dedicated to saving lives at sea and has been an integral part of maritime safety in the UK.

Using Wet Plate Collodion Photography

Jack Lowe talks about what it’s like to use this 170-year-old process to make images on glass plates and the extraordinary response from the subjects who get to stand in front of his camera and see those images revealed on glass.

We spoke for over five hours on the day I captured this interview, and of course, there’s no way I can share the vast majority of what we recorded for the sake of time. But I really would encourage you, once you’ve watched this short film, to click on the link to his website down below and do a deep dive on the work that he does because there is way more to it than I can contain in this short film.

Perhaps even consider supporting the ongoing work that he does to finish off this project. So, I’m going to shut up now and let you hear from my friend Jack Lowe.


Wet Plate Photography with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (feat. Jack Lowe) FAQ

What is wet plate photography?

Wet plate photography is a historic photographic process that involves coating a glass or metal plate with light-sensitive chemicals and then exposing it to create a unique image. This process was commonly used in the 19th century and has seen a resurgence in recent years due to its distinct and timeless look.

What is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)?

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

How is Jack Lowe using wet plate photography to support the RNLI?

Jack Lowe is using wet plate photography to create portrait images of lifeboat crew members and people associated with the RNLI. These images are being compiled into a project called “The Lifeboat Station Project” to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI.

How can I get involved in supporting this project?

You can support the project by donating to the RNLI, sharing the project on social media, or volunteering at your local lifeboat station. Additionally, you can purchase prints of the wet plate photographs to directly support the charity.

Where can I see the wet plate photographs by Jack Lowe?

You can view the wet plate photographs and learn more about the project on the official website of The Lifeboat Station Project.

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