Bryant Austin is a photographer who snaps images of giant whales from hardly 10 feet away. In a quest to prevent the extinction of these gentle giants, he puts together life-sized portraits of these creatures — one which took over 200 hours to make and weighed a whopping 1,200 pounds — to help the public realize just what a whale really looks like.
At the top, a selection of his photographs — and above — his talk from TEDxSanJoseCA, during which he speaks on his process and the wonder of seeing a living, breathing whale up-close.
(Photos: Top, AP/Koji Sasahara. All others, Bryant Austin)