‘the sinking world’ by andreas franke

 

andreas franke: sinking world – stavronikita projectunderwater on the ss stavronikita at 13.8 N, 59.38 Won now through to april, 2013

 

austrian photographer andreas franke has shifted his underwater photography work – which designboom covered earlier here –to an abandoned shipwreck located just off the caribbean island of barbados. over 20 years ago, the stavronikita suffered a fire with no hope for reclamation and was resigned to an eternity at the silent depths of the sea at 13.8 N, 59.38 W, however franke has resurrected the fossilized wreckage through an ongoing photographic series called ‘the sinking world‘ that explores the elaborately ornamental late baroque style of rococo.

 

franke transformed the marine scene into images depicting the flamboyant epoch of european style and cultural history – women gossiping over a picnic, a leisurely stroll twirling umbrellas with an exchange of coquettish glances. the pictures have been attached to the vessel with great care taken not to upset the ecological balance of aquatic life or to damage the outer skin of the ss stavronikita, and for people to view the exhibition they will have to make their way 24 meters into the liquid abyss…

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas frankethe work depicts the ss stavronikita – an abandoned shipwreck located just off the caribbean island of barbados

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas franke

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas frankethe work explores the elaborately ornamental late baroque style of rococo

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas franke

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas frankethe pictures have been attached to the vessel with great care taken not to upset the ecological balance of aquatic life or to damage the outer skin of the ss stavronikita

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas franke

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas frankefranke transformed the marine scene into images depicting the flamboyant epoch of european style and cultural history

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas franke

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas frankeover 20 years ago, the stavronikita suffered a fire with no hope for reclamation and was resigned to an eternity at the silent depths of the sea at 13.8 N, 59.38 W

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas franke

 

 

stavronikita project   underwater photography by andreas frankefor people to view the exhibition they will have to make their way 24 meters into the liquid abyss…