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Underwater photo gallery - project by Andreas Franke

Sunken ship was used as a backdrop for depiction of everyday scenes

This gallery cannot be found by street address or most conventional means of transportation. So just enter coordinates 24.27 N, 81.44 W in to your marine GPS unit and get your scuba gear ready - it is 130 feet below the sea level, on a wreckage of "USS Vandenberg". No doubt, a big plus for those of us who hate loud crowds of "art lovers" - here silence is paramount. Austrian photographer and scuba diver Andreas Franke used ship wreckage as a backdrop for his staged scenes depicting "almost" everyday life from the past... until you look closer, that is.
Just a touch of surreal feeling is added by dreamy ambiance of "the deep"...

Diving is already a dreamlike experience and I think these images really correspond with what people imagine an underwater world might look like. ~Andreas~

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Models dressed in their retro clothes were photographed in the studio and then images were staged against the background of "Vanderberg" wreckage.

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

The photographs were sealed with plexiglass and put into stainless steel frames with magnets, then finally carefully attached to the ship's sides. It was a subtle process with great care taken not to disturb the ecological balance of the marine life around and not to damage the Vandenberg. A method which would also allow the pictures to be easily removed later on. ~ Andreas~

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Around 10,000 people visited this exhibition in nearly 4 months time.

Underwater project by Andreas Franke - "Vandenberg"

Protography by: Andreas Franke
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