Flags of Convenience is a photo-essay on cruise ships, from the perspective of the crew. It explores the historical development of labor practices that allow for the modern cruise industry to thrive and expand, and the consequences of these laws on an international workforce.
I worked on this project for four years as a crew member on various cruise ships around the world. It is something between a love letter and a scathing critique; it is partially documentary and partially political. It weaves together exerpts on Orientalism, crew amenities, and canal sizes; it draws focus to the immense growth of the physical size and actual amount of cruise ships to be produced in the coming years.