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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

If I Were in San Francisco

I would check out Bryant Austin's exhibit of life-size whale imagery at Electric Works. The photography show titled In the Eye of the Whale will on view through May 7, 2011. You can find out more about the gallery and the current exhibits (Chris Jordan's work is shown in the Project Room) at: www.sfelectricworks.com.
And you can read more about Bryan Austin and the whales in Yudhjit Bhattacharjee's article Whales' Grandeur and Grace, Up Close published April 16, 20011 in The New York Times.

This passage from the article stuck with me:

"To Mr. Austin, her gesture was an unmistakable warning that he had gotten too close to the calf. And yet, the mother whale had extended her fin with such precision and grace — to touch the photographer without hurting him — that Mr. Austin was in awe of her “delicate restraint.” "

I certainly have felt this when interacting with animals, but I keep thinking that it tells us more about us than them.