Broch crew steps back in time for lifeboat project
A man who has combined his childhood passions of lifeboats and photography has captured a rescue crew on a vintage camera.
Jack Lowe, founder of the Lifeboat Station Project, is on a mission to create an archive of images documenting every lifeboat station in the UK.
His 113-year-old wet plate camera recorded a picture of the Fraserburgh crew last night despite persistent rain.The camera, essentially a large black box, prints the image on to the glass which then passes through several processes before developing into a photograph.
Mr Lowe has been on this journey for four years and marked off his 106th station on the map inside the door of his refurbished ambulance once reaching Fraserburgh.
The vehicle, which goes by the name Neena, acts as a portable darkroom.
Mr Lowe said: “For a trip like this to work, I think you need a map, a story and an interesting vehicle – I purchased my ambulance on eBay after another buyer fell through. I have had a passion for photography and lifeboats since I was eight-years-old and, after wanting a mid-life change in direction, I came up with the idea to photograph all of the 238 stations.
“The Lifeboat Station Project is one of the largest of its kind and I hope to do a full exhibition of all the images once it’ s complete.”
Next on his journey are Peterhead and Aberdeen – the city Mr Lowe and his half-sister were born in.
Follow Mr Lowe’s journey at https:// lifeboatstationproject.com/
IN THE FRAME: Jack Lowe sets up Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew to be pictured with his 113-year-old camera