Dramatic photos show scale of man compared to ship

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Photos
Captain Kevin Oprey and the Queen Mary 2 ©James Morgan

Captain Kevin Oprey and the Queen Mary 2
©James Morgan

(Relaxnews) – The photos are dramatic, revealing the incredible scale between the master and his ship.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Queen Mary 2, one of the largest and most expensive ocean liners ever built, parent company Cunard commissioned Australian photographer James Morgan to capture Captain Kevin Oprey with the ship he commands.

The result is a powerful photo shoot that took months of planning and provides a stunning visual contrast of the man who steers 151,200 tons of steel.

Captain Kevin Oprey and the Queen Mary 2 ©James Morgan

Captain Kevin Oprey and the Queen Mary 2
©James Morgan

After months of planning and five hours on the day of the shoot waiting for the current to calm down, Oprey stepped out onto the bulbous bow — the protruding bulb at the front of the ship below the waterline — and waited for Morgan’s shutter to go off.

“It’s the incredible majesty of that ship, it’s a towering, beautiful ocean liner,” said Morgan in a statement.

“What I wanted to achieve was to create the difference between the man that controls it and the actual structure.”

Captain Kevin Oprey and the Queen Mary 2 ©James Morgan

Captain Kevin Oprey and the Queen Mary 2
©James Morgan

The photo was shot off the coast of Bali.

After sailing by Australia’s coastline and heading to Asia, Sri Lanka, Dubai, and the Mediterranean, the ship will return to Southampton, England May 9 to mark the 10th anniversary of becoming Cunard’s flagship vessel.

The Queen Mary 2 has set off on 420 voyages including 200 transatlantic crossings and is among the biggest ocean liners ever built, able to accommodate 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew.

The ship sets sail on transatlantic crossings destined for New York in May.

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