In search of the right topic for an underwater exhibition on SS Stavronikita, the Viennese artist determined that this European era, this age of decadence with all its intoxicating extravagance, its vanity and disdain would sign-on to the sunken Greek freighter. But did he really determine it? Was the Stavronikita not rather urging him to do so? The wreck full of lavish life demanded a match as overflowing and abundant as Rococo, its ideal equivalent. Enjoy one of the most flashing and flamboyant epochs of European style and cultural history in the midst of scenery in which nature displays all of its own abundance and prodigality.
An Exclusive Interview With ANDREAS FRANK
Vienna based Andreas Franke is a passionate diver as well as an award-winning commercial photographer. When not shooting for clients, Franke has been creating his one of-a-kind under water art projects for over 5 years, and hopes to continue this work indefinitely.
L. M.: Hello Andreas Franke, we are excited about the opportunity to interview you. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your team for these productions.
A. F.: I am the founder, owner, and chief photographer of Staudinger+Franke, a photography studio with inhouse postproduction, based in Vienna and working worldwide. We do mainly commercial work, and as I am a passionate diver, I started some years ago, my project, The Sinking World.
L. M.: The sinking world is an extraordinary project; how did you come with the fantastic idea to create it?
A. F.: My most special project is definitely The Sinking World. The process of creating mystical underwater images and exhibiting them underwater and how the sea transforms those exhibits is still fascinating for me. I am a passionate diver. I took pictures on a wreck dive at the Thistlegorm in Egypt, and when I looked at the taken images afterward, I had the feeling that something is missing. I came up with the idea to use the wreck as a kind of stage and fill it with stories.
L. M.: Can you describe the technical work behind this project?
A. F.: Everything starts with diving and shooting the backdrops for the images. The stories are shot later in the studio. There is a creative process I have with my team to find the fitting style and stories in-between. The backdrops and the studio shots are digitally composed later.
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