The Lifeboat Station Project

Photography has been in my blood since childhood when, aged 8, I received a Kodak Instamatic camera from my grandmother, a turning point from which I never looked back.

In adult life, The Lifeboat Station Project has become my epic mission to document all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations using photography, audio, film and writing.

And there’s a twist! I work as the Victorians used to, making the photographs on glass from my mobile darkroom, a decommissioned NHS ambulance called Neena.

To learn more, I invite you to watch the film made by Sean Tucker in 2022 (below) and visit the project’s dedicated website — the living archive of the journey that I’ve been making since January 2015:


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  1. Hello Jack it was great to meet you today.Thanks for sharing your portfolio.I love your project. Hope to see more of your lovely work soon . If was not such a poor photographer I would buy a print. All the best


    1. Good to meet you too…remember to take a look over on the Project’s site, though — it’s all a bit quiet on this channel at the moment! Jack

  2. Dear Jack,

    I visited your exhibition today at the National Maritime Museum, and I wanted to thank you for creating something so special.

    I left feeling completely in awe, both of the sea and of the women who face it to protect those in danger. I think that your photographs and the women’s stories will stay with me for a long time.

    I felt particularly drawn to your photograph of the view from Kinghorn Lifeboat Station. I discovered recently that my great-grandfather was one of the briggers who helped build the Forth Bridge and wonder if that was what called me to it!

    It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so moved by art, and I wanted to ask if you have published your work at all, or if any prints are available to buy?

    Thank you so much, and thanks again for sharing your incredible work.

    Best wishes,

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words, Rachel. I’m really glad you enjoyed the exhibition so much.

      I do indeed sell prints (as purchased by The National Maritime Museum), which helps to fund the project.

      They’re available via the link above on the project’s dedicated website. Click here for a link that takes you directly to the South East Scotland page, where you’ll not only find my photograph of the view from Kinghorn but also the Forth Bridge.