A Century of Life-saving Captured on Glass at New Photography Exhibition
‘Calm Before the Storm: The Art of Photographing Lifeboats’ will be on display at Poole Museum from January 26 to April 22 2019.
This exhibition celebrates lifeboating past and present, through unique images captured on glass by pioneering photographers.
Spread over two floors of the museum, the photography exhibition will take visitors on a journey from the lifeboat builders of the early 20th Century to the faces of the brave volunteers who crew the high-tech lifeboats of today.
On the way, they will discover stories of historic rescues; find out about the lifeboats that went to war, and uncover the alchemy behind glass plate photography.
Although the striking images span over nearly 100 years, they have all been taken on glass plates.
The first floor gallery reveals never-before-seen images taken from the historic archive of the famous Beken family in Cowes, who have been photographing maritime activity on the waters surrounding the Isle of Wight since the turn of the century.
The second floor gallery is also full of beautiful glass plate imagery of lifeboats and lifeboat crews, but from an inspiring modern day odyssey called The Lifeboat Station Project.
The eight-year mission, which is the brainchild of photographer Jack Lowe, began in January 2015. Jack is visiting all 238 RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland to capture them using Wet Plate Collodion, a Victorian process that creates stunning images on glass. The exhibition at Poole Museum is the biggest showing of Jack’s work so far.
Entry is free.
Jack Lowe will be at the museum to give a talk about his work on April 20. For more tickets for this event please click here.
Photo: A newly built lifeboat launching in 1938 – one of the images to be shown at Poole Museum.