In Giants, a striking series of portraits, Australian photographer Jem Cresswell explores the awe-inspiring behaviors and undeniable anthropomorphism of the humpback whale. Captured over the course of 3 years in the southern Pacific Ocean, the series offers an intimate glimpse of the “gentle giants” as they complete their annual migration to Tonga.
Each photo shot by Cresswell—who fittingly describes himself as a visual artist—exhibits his artistic approach to underwater photography. Carefully selected from over 10,000 photographs, the photos that compose Giants are rendered in a stark black and white color palette and are compositionally creative. When paired with his astounding ability to capture the expressive emotion and individual personalities of his swimming subjects, these aesthetic sensibilities culminate in a collection of powerful portraits.