Andreas Franke's Underwater Museum

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In 2010, Andreas Franke photographed the Vandenberg, a sunken ship, while diving off of the coast of Key West, Florida.

It wasn't until he was home in Austria that he realized something on that ship was missing -- life.

"Even though there is so much life, marine life, all over and around it, the shipwreck itself, to me, is a dead thing," he writes. "But I thought that if I put people on it, then there would again be life on that ship"

Franke digitally added figures to 12 of his original photographs, placed them with waterproof frames and cases, and magnetically attached them to the ship (originally placed at the bottom of the ocean to encourage reef and habitat growth), 93 feet below the surface.

The result is "The Vandenberg - Life below the Surface", which will be open to the scuba-diving public for a few weeks (depending on interest).

To see more images of the work and the underwater gallery, visit Franke's website.

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