Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

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 open­cir­cuit 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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d475473

Pho­tog­ra­phers Wade and Robyn Hughes.

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