by Anderson & Low
14 March to 25 June 2017
The Science Museum Group’s collection of historical ship models has been dramatically reimagined for a new exhibition by internationally-acclaimed fine art photographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low.
Opening at the Science Museum on 14 March, Voyages is a fascinating reinterpretation of a much-loved collection charting the development of maritime history.
Created using only ambient lighting, and shot through the protective sheeting that covers the models, the resulting Turner-esque images use the additional protective layer as a prism, to separate out a new spectrum of fantastical narratives.
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.
Anderson & Low said:
‘These inner dramas were present all along, awaiting discovery by any who looked for them. One of the singular parallels in the history of science and art is that one can look at the world in a different way, and re-imagine what it might be. Turner said ‘I paint what I see, not what I know to be there.’ The physicist William Bragg said ‘The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.’’
Voyages, a book by Anderson & Low featuring 43 full-colour plates and contributions from Science Museum Group Director Ian Blatchford and Dr David Rooney, the Museum’s Keeper of Technologies and Engineering, will be published to accompany the exhibition.