The talented photographer has been a lifelong supporter of the charity, joining Storm Force [the RNLI’s club for children] at the age of eight and raising over £6,000 for charity by completing the Great North Run three years in a row. Photography has also been a strong passion of Jack’s, ever since he received a Kodak camera from his Grandma when he was nine.
He plans to photograph the views from each station along with the crew members. He will be using a Wet Plate Collodion, a Victorian process that allows him to record images on glass. The project is predicted to take approximately five years to complete.
Jack began the first Scottish leg of his trip yesterday [15th April] at Oban RNLI Lifeboat Station; is in Tobermory today, 16 April; Mallaig on 20th April; Portree in Skye on 23rd April; Kyle of Lochalsh on 25th April; and finsihed by coming back to Argyll, to the Helensburgh RNLI station, on 27th April.
He’ll will be back in Scotland in June when he’ll be heading to RNLI lifeboat stations in the far North East, including Shetland and Orkney. He may be creating a unique collections of images he will also be the recipient of a unique collection of stories of challenging shouts, as he makes his way around every station in Britain.
His unique glass photographs are being developed in a decommissioned NHS ambulance, which he purchased on eBay and transformed into a mobile darkroom.
Jack says: ‘Some of the images I have captured so far have been regarded as mesmerising and have even rendered some crew members to tears’
We will all be able to check the confirmed times of the itinerary by following the link to the Project’s interactive Mission Map online here.
You can also follow the photographic mission here on the Project’s dedicated website.