WHALES IN FRAME
PICTURE being in the water alone except for the largest living organism you have ever seen.
These are the experiences photographers Wade and Robyn Hughes have tried to capture in their exhibition Looking for Whales.
The Hughes have been photographing whales for more than 10 years. The couple’s interest in the mammals was initially sparked in 2005, which led to their first private expedition to the Azores.
Since then they have made eight more expeditions to the Portuguese islands, as well as an expedition to the Vava’u archipelago in Tonga last year.
The couple have independently funded each expedition, in the hopes that their work will one day contribute towards greater understanding of the roles that whales play in the web of life on Earth.
“Every encounter, every opportunity to observe and record them, is a privilege,” Wade said.
The pair takes their photographs using a mask, snorkel and fins only as open-circuit scuba equipment is too encumbering for them. Their whale photography is known internationally and has been described as “among the finest” by leading whale expert Hal Whitehead.
Wade has been announced as a finalist in the National History Museum of London’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, with his photograph competing against 50,000 entries.
Looking for Whales runs until Wednesday, November 1, at Kidogo Arthouse.
Opening Hours are 11am to 4pm daily.
Photographers Wade and Robyn Hughes.