22 March 2017
‘The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper’ (W B Yeats) is one of the quotations that accompanies the new exhibition Voyages from Anderson & Low HonFRPS. And had Yeats been at the opening, he would have undoubtedly agreed that the number of magic things in the world has just increased.
The exhibition features images of model ships stored at Blythe House (the repository of the Science Museum) but they are portrayed in such an original way, that the viewer immediately feels he is aboard the Flying Dutchman, the Marie Celeste or the Pequod. The sharp senses of Anderson & Low saw beyond the physicality of the ships to the enigmatic and mysterious voyages of great literature and legend. By photographing the models in their protective wrapping, the duo has conveyed this sense of adventure to the viewer. The result is stunning, with each picture emanating a fusion of fantasy, magic and myth.
On introducing the exhibition, Anderson said that ‘We hope you’ll hear what we heard and see what we saw’. We did. But I doubt that many of us could have achieved this alone and without the navigational aid of Anderson & Low’s compelling imagery.
Dr Del Barrett ARPS
Voyages runs until the 25 June 2017 at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. There is an accompanying book to the exhibition available at £40. See more about the exhibition here.
Images: Michael Pritchard