Austrian photographer Andreas Franke combines his two passions for the camera and scuba diving in his images of a ghostly sinking world. His digital montages combine the artist’s own photographs of sunken ships with carefully orchestrated sets, built above the surface at his studio. In his statement, Franke writes, “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 you can identify with. This creates a new and unexpected atmosphere. This work shows a lot of myself, since I am always on the lookout for stunning themes to create new images never seen before.”
In Gabriele Viertel’s photos, female subjects float in a dark abyss. The fabrics of their elegant gowns billow around them, their bodies blossoming like exotic flowers. The German-born, Netherlands-based photographer prefers to shoot the majority of her work underwater. A dramatic, chiaroscuro lighting defines her photographs: her models’ pastel-colored dresses and pallid skin appear to glow against the black background. Viertel’s work is currently featured in the group show “Road to Elysium” at Heist Gallery in London.
Always searching for new applications for her crochet practice (see our coverage of her crocheted train and crocheted boat as well as our extensive feature in Hi-Fructose Vol. 29), Olek recently traveled to the Caribbean for an underwater installation in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.