Postcard from Suffolk

The day my project came alive — photographing Alan, the Southwold Coxswain...

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Little more than a day ago, we arrived in Southwold, a stunning small town on the Suffolk coast.

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
The day my project came alive — photographing Alan, the Southwold Coxswain…

I was immediately struck by the presence of the domineering lighthouse casting its beams some twenty miles over the rooftops towards the horizon — a truly special piece of nautical infrastructure.

Combined with the waves crashing on the shore in all this stormy weather, we really knew we were at the coast — a sensation that I find both relaxing and comforting.

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Washing in the tray, one of the very first plates made on the opening morning of the Project — the view from Southwold Lifeboat Station, including the splendid launching davit…

It’s hard to believe that we are now at our next destination, Gorleston, having already visited Southwold Station and made some splendid plates on the opening day of the Project.

After my jangling nerves, what a relief that the process has been working so wonderfully today. At points, we (wet plate and I) really found our rhythm.

I’ve just finished polishing the glass for tomorrow’s work. So, long may that rhythm continue…

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Alan Scoggins, Coxswain at Southwold, holding his portrait made on 10×12″ glass

Availability of the very first prints…

When I return in ten days or so, I’ll start scanning the glass plates and preparing the first prints from them.

With just 50 prints made from each plate, these will be truly special items.

If you’d like to stake your claim to the signed, embossed and numbered prints from these very first photographs of The Lifeboat Station Project, the simplest way is to follow the instructions on the page that describes how to become a Friend of the Project.

Alternatively, drop me a line as soon as you as you can…

The Lifeboat Station Project, Edition Print


  1. Congratulations on completing your first lifeboat station, so long in the planning, such an achievement. First plate looks beautiful. Good luck with the next stations. Best wishes, Jane

  2. Would love to see a RNLI calendar using the photos! Great job, if the lottery comes up I will be sending something.

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