Austrian photographer Andreas Franke has chosen the Stravronikita, an abandoned shipwreck located just off the Caribbean island of Barbados which suffered a fire with no hope for reclamation over 20 years and was resigned to an eternity at the silent depths of the sea.
Franke has resurrected the fossilized wreckage through an ongoing photographic series called ‘The Sinking World’.
With the series Stavronikita Project he explores the flamboyant and extravagant late baroque style of Rococo.
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 Stavronikita.
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.
Andreas Franke is in the business for more than twenty years.
For Luerzer‘s Archive he is among the “200 Best Photographers“.