2014-09-11 Dancing with Whales photographic exhibition 25th September, ACE Gallery 5.30-7.30 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

On the 25th of September I will have an exhibition of my underwater photographs taken of humpback whales in Bermuda. This exhibition, sponsored by ACE, will be held at the ACE Gallery and the opening reception will take place from 5.30 to 7.30 with drinks and cheese and fruit platters.

The photographs in this exhibition, "Dancing with Whales", were taken in 2014 of two ‘dancing' whales demonstrating typical courtship behavior. These exhibition photographs are a small selection of hundreds obtained during a three-hour encounter 20 miles offshore Bermuda, in 14,000 feet of water. They were all made with a Sony point-and-shoot camera equipped with a fixed 16mm lens. All photographs are mounted on canvas with the largest measuring 9 feet by 5 feet.


Why convert these images to black and white? Black and white juxtaposes these graceful images with the horrific archival pictures of dead humpbacks tied alongside whaling ships or their butchered carcasses on slipways. Removing the blue tint of the ocean accentuates the elegance of the whale itself, and our vision focusses naturally on their eyes. Besides, this is how the humpbacks see the world and themselves, in black and white.

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All photographs are taken under a Protected Species Licence for Scientific Research Activities Licence no. 14-04-11-03 issued by the Government of Bermuda, Department of Conservation Services


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