Synopses & Reviews
Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austinand#8217;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 Austinand#8217;s intimate imagesand#151;some as detailed as a single haunting eyeand#151;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, and#147;As an ambassador from the oceanand#151;and to the oceanand#151;Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope.and#8221;
Praise for Beautiful Whale:
and#147;You canand#8217;t help thinking, with every passing page, that this is whatand#8217;s itand#8217;s like to swim with the whales.and#8221; and#151;The Wall Street Journal
In A Shadow Falls
, which features fifty-eight recent images in stunning, oversized tritone plates, Nick Brandt continues his ambitious and ongoing photographic project to memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. Brandtand#8217;s wide-screen panoramas of animals and landscapes capture an epic vision of Africa that has not been seen before. His iconic portraits of its majestic animals are filled with an empathy usually reserved for human subjects.
From the opening images in A Shadow Falls, of a verdant world filled with multitudes of animals, to the closing images of small bands of creatures moving across a parched, dusty earth, Brandt portrays a mythic Africa struggling against tragic forces. In years to come, we will look back at these powerful photographs and wonder why humanity did not do more to preserve this rare corner of earthly paradise.
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.