Bryant Austin's Into the Deep Photographs at MMA
- When: Saturday, February 16, 2008, time TBA
- Where: Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, Monterey
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
To get a good shot, Bryant Austin waits, floating at the top of the dark water, for a curious whale to come within 2 meters of him. Later, in his studio, he digitally stitches his photos together, like puzzle pieces, to create the massive, life size black and white whale photos that will be displayed at the Monterey Museum of Art and other galleries. As part of Austin’s 503(c)3 nonprofit Marine Mammal Conservation Through the Arts, the photos seek to save whales by exposing people to a more intimate picture of the animals. To do this, he braves the coastal waters off Monterey and Tonga for months each year, waiting for the perfect shot. And it pays off. The detail in his photographs is exceptional, making the viewer feel as if they are buoyant, a tiny object in the water alongside the looming, massive shape of a Humpback whale. On display through May 18.
11am-5pm/Wed-Sat; 1-4pm/Sun. Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. $5/adults; $2.50/students and military. 372-5477. http://www.montereyart.org/.