Voyages

14 Mar — 25 Jun 2017 at the Science Museum in London, United Kingdom

18 MAY 2017
Voyages. Courtesy of Science Museum
Voyages. Courtesy of Science Museum

The Science Museum Group's collection of historical ship models has been dramatically reimagined for a new exhibition by internationally-acclaimed fine art photographers Anderson & Low.

Voyages represents a surprising reinterpretation of a much-loved collection charting the development of maritime history. Looking at these models through the protective sheeting that covers them has had a radical effect on both scale and context.

Anderson & Low have used this additional layer as a prism, to separate out a new spectrum of fantastical narratives. Created using only ambient light, the resulting photographs resemble monumental Turneresque seascapes and project the recurring themes of fantasy, artifice and perception common in Anderson & Low's many varied works.

Having been displayed for almost half a century before the decommissioning of the Science Museum's Shipping Galleries in 2012, the models have been subject to careful conservation over the intervening five year period. This new series of photographs by Anderson & Low represents an intersection between art and science and gives new life to a valued part of the UK’s national collection.