The results of a remarkable quest by two Australian photographers to observe and record the lives and behaviour of some of the world’s whales have just become available in a book, LOOKING FOR WHALES, published by Halstead Press and endorsed by Australian Geographic.
In 2005, Wade and Robyn Hughes began steeping themselves in the lives and forbidding habitats of these mysterious beings—for however long it would take to bring back meaningful images and experiences. Nearly 15 years of effort and 14 expeditions have resulted in an extraordinary book.
Wade Hughes is not merely a wildlife photographer, but an underwater artist with the camera, who has been diving since his youth. His wife Robyn is also an award-winning nature photographer. They have chosen photos from their black and white collection, taken underwater and above, which illustrate whales being themselves in different moods and phases of life. Nowhere before has there been such an uncontrived and revealing visual presentation of whales in their natural realm, introduced by such well-informed explanations of the experience of associating with them.
LOOKING FOR WHALES combines photographs of several species’ behaviour with text by Wade providing context, and evoking the circumstances of each encounter, and the feelings and insights it produces.
The photographs depict several fascinating and elusive species: Humpbacks, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Orcas and False Orcas, in various stages of their life cycles and migration cycles.
Hardback, 220 x 245mm, 88 pages