So to close out a bit of a European themed week, let’s turn to a European photographer, shall we? Specifically an Austrian one (what can I say? I’m biased sometimes!). I love being around water, but specifically being in the underwater world as well as a scuba diver. To me, there is nothing more calming, and there is no greater quiet than the underwater world. Apparently, I’m not the only one to think so.
Andreas Franke took pictures while diving on the Vandenburg ship, a former military ship now sunk off Key West as an artificial reef, and recreated scenes that would have taken place during the time the ship was in service. The result is a set of “dreamworlds, where you can get lost or you can identify with”. I think it describes it perfectly – it’s at once escapist and totally recognizable. But perhaps what really sets this exhibit apart from any other? You actually have to go underwater to see it – the photos are mounted to the ship itself so that you are fully immersed, getting not only a wreck dive but also an art dive.
All photographs by Andreas Franke.