Looking into the eye of the giant whale
The calm presence of the largest aquatic creature, the feeling of being so small and free in the limitless nature world, the aw of an encounter with a mythological giant, that’s something I would love to experience, swimming with whales.
For that photographer Bryant Austin quit his job and used all his life savings in search for the great encounter. A former bookkeeper at a state marine lab on Santa Cruz’s Westside, he became famous for his work, being featured in The New York Times and on CNN, and shown in Norway and Japan, countries with deep whaling ties.
After repeated failures and five years of work, Bryant Austin was able to show to the world something different from what whale photography showed us until his work. Using high-powered digital cameras and portrait lenses, Austin snaps photo after photo, digitally stitching them together into files that include so much visual detail that one file can consume an entire hard drive.
Observing them for long hours, Austin succeeded in getting into an intimate state with the giants, intimate enough to closely see the details on their peeling skin, their scars, even the look in their eyes.