Underwater photo gallery - project by Andreas Franke
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~
Models dressed in their retro clothes were photographed in the studio and then images were staged against the background of "Vanderberg" wreckage.
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~
Around 10,000 people visited this exhibition in nearly 4 months time.Andreas Franke