The selection above is just a glimpse of the impressive work you will find on photographer Bryant Austin work portfolio. He dedicated years of his life to capture the most amazing shots of whales, stuff you will not find anywhere else. This passion and dedication culminated in the largest and most detailed photographs of whales that have ever existed on a book entitled “Beautiful Whale”. Interestingly, all of this beautiful work was inspired by one single encounter that the artist had with a humpback whale.
“This inspiration was brought to light in 2004 when, floating motionless, he felt a gentle tap on his shoulder, one that felt too solid to originate from a dive companion. As he slowly turned to investigate the tap’s source, he became eye-to-eye with a 45 ton female humpback whale. She had reached out with her two ton, 15 foot long pectoral fin to gently touch him, letting him know that she was behind him.
Her eye was fully illuminated from the late afternoon sun scintillating over his shoulder. Physically trembling, he looked into her eye and saw for the first time the calm mindful expression of a whale peering into his own eyes. In that instant he saw clearly what had been missing in the four decade effort to visually communicate the reality of whales – moments like these documented on their terms, at their scale.”
Pretty intense and well worth it, Austin shots are incredibly beautiful, in some of the pictures it almost feels as if the whale is actually looking at you. Be sure to visit the artist website to see more of his work and find out how he takes the photos or if you’re already feeling inspired, consider buying his book. After all, this is the closest that many of us will ever get to this gracious creature that is the humpback whale.