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Beautiful Whale Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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This book contains some of the most incredible pictures of whales I've ever seen. The imagery is startling in it's detail, scale, and intimacy. For a long time, whales have been depicted as almost mystical creatures, rather than flesh and blood. These pictures are so much more natural and organic-looking ; we seen tiny sucker marks around a sperm whale calf's jaw, hair follicles inside a humpback whale's tubercules, the concerned eye of a mother whale keeping a close watch on this human interloper while her calf swims alongside, the fine skin texture of a Minke Whale - really, I could go on a while. The photos also give a great sense of the sheer size of these creatures, helped by the book's huge 12"x15" format and the numerous full-size close-ups of the whales' eyes. I've never seen a Sperm Whale look this big and imposing before - or this gentle and inquisitive either.
Bryant Austin's goal was to create life-size, high-resolution composites of whales, of which three are included in this book as foldouts (scaled down, of course!). While he expresses frustration at his early attempts at creating life-size composites, the photos of a Humpback Whale mother and her calf in the first chapter are probably the most affecting. In comparison, the pictures of a Dwarf Minke Whale in the final chapter aren't as interesting.Read more ›
Those who are not already whale nuts may well find themselves converted. And those of us who are will nod our heads in understanding that this work certainly will contribute to that conversion.
Beautifully conceived and executed!
Pulled in by curiosity, people noted various things as they looked into the eye, but a prevailing line of comments circled around impressions of the whale's being, that the whale seemed to have deep compassion, a knowing sense, a capacity for life, something that humans could share and learn from. The reactions were mostly whispered or scribbled in a mix of Japanese characters and katakana in the guestbook, and on most days, we noticed a few people dabbing a tear.
And now we have the book (mine arrived this week as a welcome review copy). It is suitably big--15 x 12 inches (39 x 31 cm)--and heavy at 4 pounds (1.7 kg). It is a visual feast--a stunning piece of bookmaking with lovely endpapers, jacket and cover design in the tradition of high quality Abrams editions. And here are Bryant's whales, a fresh look at whales, with numerous detailed photos that highlight different parts of the body as well as full body images.Read more ›
My only wish, is that the entire photographic content had been done in color. Personal preference only and not a criticism that it wasn't. I was a bit surprised by the combination however, when I opened the cover.... Still a gorgeous book and I would buy it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazingly beautiful giant book of beautiful giants! If you're a whale lover like I am, this is the book for you. Up close and personal photos, lots of color, lots of love!Published 10 months ago by Laura T.
Well. It really is, as stated -- beautiful. Big format. Slim book. With some incredibly fine detailed images of whales. Up front and massively personal. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Dziadecki
What a wonderful book. The pictures are breathtaking and beautiful. The book is large and a welcome addition to our coffee table to be enjoyed by family and friends.Published 14 months ago by Harold Whitson
Great gift for whale watchers and looks really nice on a coffee table. Some of the pictures in there are really incredible and the author includes some nice descriptions on how... Read morePublished 15 months ago by D1zness
Beautiful book for any Whale lover! Pictures are outstanding!Published 15 months ago by California Buyer
Unique photos that demonstrate a real emotional connection to the whales. If the humpback is your spirit animal, then order and you won't be sorry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Annie Gray Miller
The book is absolutely beautiful! It has a wonderful collection of pictures from select species of whales in stunning, lifesized print. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Raymond Renneke
This is a phenomenal book and experience just to look through the pictures. May Bryant Austin keep doing this hugely important work and service.Published 17 months ago by p.eagle