Beautiful Whale is aptly named. Photographer Bryant Austin exhibits life size composite photos of whales. They must be awe inspiring, given the reproductions in this oversize book. Between the photos and the accompanying text, the immense scope of the project is impressive. Next to a 3-foot-long foldout image of a Sperm Whale, Austin says “It took me four months to raise sufficient funding to build a computer powerful enough to complete this image – measuring ten by thirty-six feet – of Scar.” The detail is phenomenal. I would love to travel the world and encounter these whales myself, but Austin’s work is the next best thing.
— Sara, Atlanta
Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin’s breathtaking photographic project Beautiful Whale is the first of its kind: It chronicles his fearless attempts to reach out to whales as fellow sentient beings. Featuring Austin’s intimate images—some as detailed as a single haunting eye—that result from encounters based on mutual trust, Beautiful Whale captures the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out. As oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle says in her foreword to the book, “As an ambassador from the ocean—and to the ocean—Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope.”
Praise for Beautiful Whale:
“You can’t help thinking, with every passing page, that this is what’s it’s like to swim with the whales.” —The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Bryant Austin is a photographer and the founder of Marine Mammal Conservation Through the Arts. His photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Norway, and Japan. He lives in Carmel, California. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer and the founder of Mission Blue, an organization dedicated to establishing marine conservation sites around the world.