“A gentle joyousness- a mighty mildness of repose in swiftness, invested the gliding whale.” Herman Melville
Charles "Flip" Nicklin has been photographing whales for over thirty years. His career follows that of his father, Chuck, whose first encounter with a whale in the early '60s led him to become a famous underwater photographer and cinematographer. Nicklin is the lead cetacean photographer for the National Geographic Society, and assignments have taken him from Maui to Antarctica. Among Giants, published last month by the University of Chicago Press, features some of his best whale work. The pictures are accompanied by Flip's tales of exhilarating underwater encounters with various sea mammals. His total immersion is not only a valued documentary of mysterious creatures, but a welcome distraction from the summer heat.