Private Commissions – static content

Once RNLI personnel have seen me making the scheduled photographs,  they’re often so enthralled by the magic and beauty of the 1850s process that they want to have their portrait made too.

Being photographed on 12×10 inch glass using such an old technique as wet plate collodion is an incredible experience — a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will live long in the memory.

I’m happy to undertake private commissions, which have become very popular as I make my way around the coastline.

If you think a fellow crew member would be interested, feel free to share this page by email but please avoid sharing it on Social Media!


The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Private Commission: Colin Stewart, Arbroath RNLI, June 2018

COST


I charge £195.00 to make a portrait on the day, which is payable in advance using the ‘Add to Cart’ button at the bottom of this page.

For this price, you will receive the following:

  • A signed, numbered archival print from the glass plate, just like the prints I sell here;
  • A low resolution digital file optimised for social media (many people end up using these as their profile photo).

The price also includes delivery of your print by Parcel Force.

Please note, these are very special rates for RNLI personnel within the context of my journey on The Lifeboat Station Project.

To be open about it, the starting price to a member of the public for a private commission is £495.00.

I am also happy to discuss supplying the original glass plate. However, please bear in mind that this is a different price bracket altogether. Think of it like buying the original painting from an artist as opposed to a print.


BOOKING and REQUIRED NOTICE


Private Commissions are only booked once payment has been received. Click here to skip to the bottom of the page to book your commission.

If it happens that you’ve decided on the day of my visit, then please make your payment as soon as possible on the same day that I made your portrait (or pay with cash in person).

Ideally, I need as much notice as possible so that I know I’m carrying enough glass and chemicals.


The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Private Commission: Elis, Rees-Tom and Manon Jones, New Quay RNLI, September 2016

TIMINGS ON THE DAY


If you’d like to go ahead, I’ll need around an hour of your time. Sometimes, if all goes well, your portrait might be made within 30-40 minutes but you should allow an hour to be on the safe side.

Only a small number of privately commissioned portraits can be made on the day — maybe just one or two during the winter months and a maximum of three or four during the summer months.

If there’s enough demand at your station, I’ll happily schedule an extra day that’s set aside for making commissioned portraits.


PRINT DELIVERY


You can expect to receive your print about one month after I’ve finished the mission during which your portrait was made.


The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Private Commission: Stephen “Bob” Bremner, Aberdeen RNLI, June 2018

SUMMARY and PAYMENT


The key points summarised:

  • The cost to make your portrait is £195.00;
  • Price includes delivery of one print from the original glass plate (further options available below);
  • Price includes a low resolution digital file optimised for social media;
  • Allow a maximum of one hour for your portrait session on the day;
  • Your print will arrive within a month or so of completing the mission.

If you’re happy with the above and would like to proceed, please pay using one of the buttons below (feel free to contact me if you have any questions before committing):


PRIVATE COMMISSION: includes 1 print from plate

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£195.00
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PRIVATE COMMISSION: includes 2 prints from plate

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£295.00
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One additional print from plate

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£100.00
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Two additional prints from plate
(save £25 per print)

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£150.00
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Presentation Box
Smart black 20×16 inch print box suitable for up to six prints

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£25.00
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