I heard about The Vandenberg by word of mouth, and that word traveled to me all the way from the bottom of the ocean. The Vandenberg Project was implemented by Austrian photographer, Andreas Franke, who was inspired by the ship beneath the sea. He took shots in his studio – scenes of our day-to-day life, yet overflowing with emotion in its simplicity. He then placed these scenes in the ship itself. This is also where the exhibit took place. How perfect.
Andreas Franke fascinates me for a couple reasons: he has an avidity for traveling and often blends the line between reality and fantasy, and he does this all with his camera. He is an extremely detail oriented man that carries a strong focus on perfecting the technicality of his craft.
Here, Franke describes his underwater sequence:
“With my photographs of sunken shipwrecks, I want to pull the spectators into unreal and strange worlds. Mystified scenes of the past play within a fictional space. Dreamworlds you can get lost in or that you can identify with. This creates a new and unexpected atmosphere. This work shows very much of myself, since I am always on the lookout for stunning themes to create new images never been seen before.”