I came across Bryant Austin’s work a few years ago when he was featured in the Times for creating full-scale composite photographs of whales. You know that thing when someone is doing their life’s work, and it emanates wildly? (Admittedly, I wish it was MY life’s work, but I have a special knack for getting seasick.)
Austin captures his unique connection to whales, and the results are otherworldly. I love his story about a moment where he and his camera got a little too close to a baby calf, and the mama approached him by gently tapping him with her pectoral fin (weighing one ton). Her touch was light and showed restraint and a beautiful intelligence, and with that they met eye to eye. If ever I am feeling weepy, his images do the trick.