Set sail with Anderson & Low’s latest project, Voyages, which continues the photographers’ exploration of themes that are recurrent in their work – the relationship between fantasy, artifice and perceived reality, pushing the boundaries of what a photograph is “supposed to do,” exploring how imagination and reality interact, and relating these concepts to art history.
The images depict the ship models from the Science Museum’s extraordinary stores, re-presented and re-imagined through elegant means: simply by not removing the protective sheeting that covers the model ships, that additional layer acts as a prism, separating out an entire spectrum of previously hidden dramas for these tiny facsimiles. Simply by looking through this additional layer, both scale and context have been realigned. It’s as though the souls of these ships have suddenly been set free to sail the oceans. In this process, associations have emerged with historical depictions of ships and seas, and hidden sagas are revealed. The models have taken on magical new forms, some like legendary vessels emerging from sinister fogs to stalk and surprise an enemy, others as if lost and drifting at sea, or waiting for the tide to turn, or caught in a terrifying storm.
The premiere exhibition for Voyages is currently on display in the Media Space on the 2nd floor of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD. The exhibition runs until 25th June 2017 and admission is free. Additionally, the book Voyages has been published to coincide with this exhibition. Priced £40, the book has a linen hardcover and is distributed by Art Data. For further information about Anderson & Low, go to www.andersonandlow.com, or have a read of our interview here.