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Bryant Austin is an American photographer known for his life-size portraits of whales. These highly detailed portraits range in sizes from four by six feet to full-body composites as large as eight by thirty six feet. His work is representative of ten years working full-time to create eleven portraits and three full-body composites. His collection of portraits remains unrivaled and serves as a critical archive for future generations, given the tenuous future of many whale species.

Bryant Austin's whale portraits have been exhibited in solo shows in the U.S. and abroad, including the Monterey Museum of Art (Monterey, California), Focus Gallery (Chatham, Massachusetts), Tamada Museum (Tokyo, Japan), and the USA Gallery at the Australian National Maritime Museum (Sydney, Australia). Group exhibitions include the Peabody-Essex Museum (Salem, Massachusetts) and Eloise Picard Smith Gallery (University of California at Santa Cruz).

His current focus is with the sun, its relationship to Earth, and how photons fall on our planet. Every body of work Austin creates is completely original and requires innovating new techniques and approaches to his subjects.

"My new work reveals the sun's surface in vivid detail, as viewed through Earth's varied atmospheric states. Dramatic landscape elements anchor the experience to challenge our perceptions of reality and our place within an infinite void. The process is complex and often requires the use of three telescopes equipped with infrared cameras and a monochrome video camera with scientific filters. This equipment is often backpacked in the Sierras to capture Sun/Earth interactions that occur only a few moments each year.

I study the fall of the sun's photons on Earth, noting how they concentrate at the solar surface, then incrementally disperse away from the solar disk. I am keen to explore photon interactions on Earth with subjects in close proximity to the sun's light.

This creative practice has led me to conclude that the disconnection we experience - from one another, from nature, and the universe - is an illusion. Closer to home, this awareness has challenged me to explore ways to deconstruct the divisions we create between subjects found in nature and contemporary photography."

--Bryant Austin