Artist Roger Bansemer gets an unexpected invitation to dive two and a half miles down into the Atlantic to the site of one of the most famous shipwrecks in history. Armed with his artist's eye and insight, he embarks on an expedition on a Russian research ship to the "Titanic. In this compelling journal, Bansemer's writing and stunning visual work bring us into the adventure, relaying the colorful characters on the expedition, the history and past grandeur of the "Titanic, and the aching beauty of the ship's underwater remains. "Titanic, as everyone knows, sank when it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912. It was not seen again until the mid-80s when technological advances led to the development of sub-mersibles capable of diving to that depth. Bansemer became the 112th person to dive to the "Titanic, the sixth person under the stern, and the first artist to have painted Titanic on site. This book chronicles his journey in a mixture of paintings, photos, and digitally-painted images. Bansemer's fascination with painting people, especially the salty, nautical types, finds full expression. Meet buddy Lowell and diving partner Ralph; various Russian crewmen including Bird Man Pierre, Pirate Skippy, the cooks, the "cowboy" who "rides" the submersible; "Keldysh Captain Gorbach; and many others. Bansemer captures them all in their most characteristic poses. The star is always the "Titanic, majestic even at the bottom of the sea. Bansemer pays tribute to the many people who went down with her, acknowledging her role as their memorial resting place. This book, Roger Bansemer's written and painted journal of his journey to "Titanic, is also offered in their memory.
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Roger Bansemer has painted the sea—its people, its ships, its shores, its lighthouses—all his life. After graduation from the Ringling School of Art and Design and a stint in the Navy, he built a unique home and studio/gallery in Clearwater, Florida, where he paints and displays his art. He has seven other books in print: The Art of Hot-Air Ballooning, At Water’s Edge, Mountains in the Mist, Rachael’s Splendifilous Adventure, Bansemer’s Book of Florida Lighthouses, Bansemer’s Book of Carolina and Georgia Lighthouses and Bansemer’s Book of the Southern Shores. The last three are all available from Pineapple Press.Review:
"Roger's images and words will allow the readers to feel as if they have been on the voyage themselves, spent time with these people, and made the ultimate deep dive to the grave of the great liner herself. No one who sees the wreck of Titanic leaves that place unchanged, and this book conveys that experience beautifully."
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Book Description Pineapple Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111561642924
Book Description Pineapple Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1561642924 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1594116
Book Description Pineapple Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1561642924