Chatham, MA is home to a number of art galleries. Focus Gallery showcases fine art photography and is my favorite. I'm captivated by the giant images of whales that fill the walls; I leave downtown and find myself in the middle of the ocean swimming alongside these beautiful creatures.
Bryant Austin is the photographer behind these images. His work takes years to create as he waits patiently for the whales to come to him. He will float at the top of the waters' surface and "get to know" the whales before photographing them. The intimacy of his work shows his care and compassion towards these animals. The following are some of my favorite photographs from two different collections that span over 10 years. Seeing these images full scale in person is a whole different experience. I urge you to seek out Austin's work the next time you are in Chatham.
Humpback Whale Calf II, 2006
studio: cosmos: 2006
A Mother Listens, 2006
Humpback Whale Portrait 1341, 2006
Sperm Whale Composite II, 2011
Sperm Whale Composite I, 2009
Humpback Whale Mother and Calf III, 2006