Broch crew steps back in time for lifeboat project

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCALNEWS - BY TAM­SIN ROSS

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

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