THE SINKING WORLD
Of Andreas Franke
Andreas Franke, famous for his still life and surreal effects planned precisely in the challenging creative fields -Underwater Photography. The love of diving combined with the skills in producing great photographs is a unique characteristic in this field. Travelling and passion for scuba diving makes his pictures cross the boundaries between real life and fantasy.
Hello Andreas Franke, we are excited for the opportunity to interview you. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your team for these productions.
I am founder, owner and chief photographer of Staudinger+Franke, a photography studio with in-house post production, based in Vienna and working worldwide. We do mainly commercial work and as I am a passionated diver I started some years ago my project The Sinking World.
The sinking world is a very special project, How did you come with the amazing idea to creat it?
My most special project is definitely The Sinking World. The process to create mystical underwater images and exhibit them underwater and the way the sea transforms those exhibits is still fascinating for me.
I am a passionated diver. I took pictures on a wreck dive at the Thistlegorm in Egypt and when I looked at the taken images afterwards I had the feeling that something is missing. I came up with the idea to use the wreck as a kind of a stage and fill it with stories.
Can you describe the technical work behind this project?
Everything starts with diving and shooting the backdrops for the images.
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 a scenery, in which nature displays all of its own abundance and prodigality.