This week saw the arrival of Harmony of the Seas into Southampton – the largest cruise ship in the world – but this ship also contains something extra special: 9 of my images from around the USA in ultra-large format.

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What started as a small project with a few images onboard one of Royal Caribbean’s other ships – Anthem of the Seas – turned into a huge display of my work at up to 10 metres wide, viewable up-close by diners during their cruise.

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Printed onto huge lenticular glass dividers, the segments are designed to become invisible from certain angles, while forming a complete image from others. Featuring a selection of my US cityscapes and landscapes, Anthem of the Seas’ restaurant “American Icon” shows off the levels of detail and sharpness captured by these images in a truly unique way – unlike a billboard that you view from a distance, diners are sat just inches from the photographs themselves.

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So, while Anthem’s restaurant was a fantastic success, the challenge for Harmony was even greater. This wasn’t a small selection of commissioned shots, they required 9 large format images from all across the United States of America. If you’re building the world’s biggest cruise ship, I guess it’s only natural that everything else has to “go large” too!

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While the dining concept onboard Harmony of the Seas is different to that inside Anthem of the Seas, the image requirements and display style is the same; meaning slicing up 10 metre wide photographs into several glass panels, stretching their aspect ratio to fit the huge panoramic walls and delivering crisp, sharp, noise-free cityscapes with involvement from all four corners of the world.

With the boat yard in Europe, the art directors in Miami, myself uploading gigabytes of images from a 4G card in New Zealand’s wilderness and colour-swatch images being sent to the manufacturers from my print studio in Shanghai – this truly was a worldwide effort…

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…that seems to have paid off!

While I didn’t get the chance to step onboard during the ship’s stay in Southampton this time round, I guess that means I’ll have to visit at another port of call somewhere around the world! Feedback so far has been great (always a plus), and here’s to the next series that is already being worked on 😉

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 with thanks to Royal Caribbean for the collection of press images.