It has been 104 years since the RMS Titanic, once billed as “unsinkable”, was lost to the depths of the North Atlantic. The ship took with it 1500 passengers and crew, some frequent travelers between Europe and the United States, others making the voyage for the first time while hoping for a new life. There are many lessons to be taken from the fate of the Titanic, the most important being how dangerous hubris can be. It is a story I have gone back to frequently, as a descendant of Irish immigrants that came over for a new life in 1905. Less than ten years later, more Irish immigrants tried to make a new start in the third class compartments of the Titanic. They did not fare as well as my family did.
I was honored when Seacoast Repertory Theatre reached out to me to do promotional photos for Titanic: The Musical. I met with the Director, Dani Howard, and talked about the themes she wanted to explore in the piece. Both of us wanted to capture the excitement that comes with taking such a bold step towards a new life. We also decided to do a series with the crew at various points in their journey. I mixed realism and expressionism to convey the emotions that one would expect when seeing the show.
I got to see early sketches of the set and it looked incredible on paper. Having seen the show last week, it’s even better in person. The costumes are gorgeous and the performances will bring tears to your eyes. I highly recommend buying your tickets early as they are close to selling out, if they haven’t already.
Here is the entire photo series for Titanic: The Musical.