I just received my copy of “The Sands Of Alang”, Peter Knego’s latest DVD, and its an experience I highly recommend!
Peter braves India’s heat and monsoons along with the complexities of access to the remote beach at Alang, where much of the world’s passenger fleet ends its days, to begin a narrative that looks back into the history, design and service of intriguing and unique midcentury ships.
Peter reconstructs through interviews, contemporary and archival footage and photographs, all that went into their making: the maritime architecture; the shipyards; the furniture and artworks and the artists behind the unique interiors of some of his favourite vessels.
We get to see, (from the comfort of our monitors — without the heat, the wet, the grime, the rope ladders and the waiting!) the extraordinary and seldom-seen process of dismantling a ship into its raw ingredients.
With clever juxtapositions of his imagery, Peter brings to life from the ruins of its last days on the beach, the meaning, ambiance and history of a ship.
Maritime historians Maurizio Eliseo and Gordon Ghareeb make guest appearances, filling out the astonishing trove of detail and facts contained within this DVD, which is rich with Knego’s erudite and informative narrative. We are guided through a world few witness first-hand.
Knego unearths the ephemeral atmosphere of a mid century liner from the wreckage of its present, and like a master archeologist, he reveals the soul of the living ship.
“The Sands Of Alang” is an intelligent, moving portrait of the whole life of a liner and clearly made by someone seriously dedicated to his topic.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.