The National Maritime Museum presents a photographic exhibition in which thought-provoking and inspiring portraits and stories show how venturing out to sea can transform a life. Accompanied by various spectacular loans, historical and contemporary, Humans at Sea turns the spotlight onto the National Maritime Museum’s photography collection. It immerses visitors in the everchanging, sometimes contradictory maritime world.
Identity and transition
Embracing many forms of photography – a medium which has seen numerous transitions in the last 180 years – Humans at Sea presents a wide range of personal stories giving a real sense of the seafaring world. Mariners, passengers, or sailing entirely alone: everyone is going from one place to another, travelling between worlds and sailing beyond the familiar and the known. A life offshore brings freedom and transition, yet it also comes with a social structure and a hierarchy on board. Humans at Sea reveals how sailing the oceans can bring us to a new relationship with ourselves, with others, the ship and the sea, and how this touches on major themes such as gender, inclusion and migration.