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Remember this ambrotype of Liam O’Brien? We made it at Cushendall (home to Redbay @rnli lifeboat station) on 3rd September, the first portrait on my journey around the shores of Northern Ireland.
I mentioned earlier in the week that it was a minor miracle that we managed to make photographs in those squally downpours and gale force winds. But, as you can see, we certainly managed and now they’re all in the usual places on the site — the Mission Map, Galleries and Limited Edition Print pages.
As an aside, Redbay lifeboat station is quite unusual: it’s historically an inshore lifeboat station but the first I’ve come across where the all-weather lifeboat is stationed on trial, hence the second portrait in this sequence featuring four lifeboat lifeboat Coxswains rather than my usual portrait of one full-timer.
Scroll to the end and you’ll see the single plate of the crew we squeezed in before the weather really deteriorated! The portrait features the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to the left and the all-weather Trent class lifeboat on the pier to the right.
Perhaps it’s now clear why she was so close to shore in the colour photograph I posted a few days ago? The crew had kindly brought her alongside from her mooring buoy for the final photograph of the day. In the portrait of Liam, she’s floating in the distance over his shoulder.
Thank you to everyone who helped me make these photographs at Redbay. What a start to Mission 19!
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