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Are these photos from a bygone era? Striking captures of RNLI stations

A photographer has taken a unique approach in creating a photographic record of all of the RNLI's stations and crew.

Jack Lowe is only part way through the marathon project in capturing and compiling the photos.

All the images are in black and white and are being captured on a camera that dates back to 1905.

Coxswain Andrew Putt from Lizard lifeboat. Credit: Jack Lowe
Jack is using a camera from the Victorian era.
Two men from the RNLI station in Looe. Credit: Jack Lowe

These striking images of some of the UK's valiant lifeboat crews look as though they are from a bygone era. But in fact, they have been taken over the last couple of years.

The crew at Penlee. Credit: Jack Lowe
The view at Fowey lifeboat station. Credit: Jack Lowe

Jack is capturing all of the RNLI's lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland with equipment used by the Victorians. He is happy "to be using such an old item to give it a new lease of life again.''

A lifeboat at Lizard. Credit: Jack Lowe

Jack prefers the change of environment whilst using the vintage camera.

Coxswain Patch Harvey from Penlee. Credit: Jack Lowe
RNLI station in Sennen. Credit: Jack Lowe

Jack started his project in January 2015 and he travels the country in an ambulance that has been converted into a mobile dark room.

5
years to complete one of the biggest photographic projects ever undertaken.
230
RNLI stations to cover across the UK and Ireland.

When this project is finished there will be a complete photographic record of every RNLI station.

A lifeboat at Fowey. Credit: Jack Lowe

Jack's grandfather was Dad's Army star Arthur Lowe. He would have been proud of his grandson's resolve to keep calm and carry on with this remarkable project.