Photographer Jem Cresswell has traveled to Vava’u, Tonga, to shoot humpback whales during their annual migration. Cresswell’s series Giants attempts to capture the individual nature of these gentle beasts.
“I was initially drawn to the whales’ gentle nature, sheer size and the feeling of insignificance in their presence,” said Cresswell. “Over the past 3 years returning to Tonga, I have sought to capture intimate portraits of these complex and conscious animals, bringing the viewer into the world of these mystical giants.”
“The main focus of the project concerns the whale’s sense of character and consciousness,” he explained. “To me, black and white avoids distraction and draws the viewer directly to the subject. Black and white also has a sense of timelessness to it, which I feel represents how long these creatures have been around for.” Via Colossal