Flip Nicklin – Among Giants: A Life with Whales
With two successful conservation photography planetarium shows already under my belt, I was hungry for another one. I wouldn’t have to wait long. In 2015 the Academy was to host an Australian traveling exhibit called “Whales: Giants of the Deep”. The education team was being asked to come up with some programs to engage our visitors with which would compliment the conservation messages of the exhibit. I immediately proposed another dome show that would drop the viewers underwater so they could experience what it was like to swim with whales. I reached out to National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin to propose the show. Spurred by the knowledge that both Florian and Art had done these shows in the past, he quickly agreed and production was underway. Please refer to the description below to see the conservation stories we were able to tell with the help of Flip Nicklin.
National Geographic Photographer – Marine Biologist
Monday, May 11th 2015 – 7:00 PM in the Planetarium
Join us for an evening where we will fully immerse you inside a sequence of images presented on the Morrison Planetarium’s 75 foot all digital dome. You will experience a tour through the world’s great oceans following one scientist as he chases whales in the pursuit of knowledge. As a leading expert on cetaceans, marine biologist Flip Nicklin dives into the ocean’s depths to swim with and study whales around the world. Cetaceans include dolphins, porpoises and whales and Flip has made stunning images of these magical ocean animals that are sure to take your breath away.
Among Giants tells the story of Nicklin’s life and career on the high seas, from his first ill-equipped shoots in the mid-1970s through his long association with the National Geographic Society to the present. Nicklin is equal parts photographer, adventurer, self-trained scientist, and raconteur, and Among Giants reflects all those sides, matching breathtaking images to firsthand accounts of their making, and highlighting throughout the importance of conservation and new advances in our understanding of whale behavior. With Nicklin as our guide, we see not just whales but also our slowly growing understanding of their hidden lives, as well as the evolution of underwater photography—and the stunning clarity and drama that can be captured when a determined, daring diver is behind the lens. Nicklin’s photographs bring us so completely into the underwater world of whales that we can’t help but feel awe, while winning, personal accounts of his adventures remind us of what it’s like to be a lone diver sharing their sea.
For anyone who has marveled at the majesty of whales in the wild, Among Giants is guaranteed to be inspiring, even moving—its unmatched images of these glorious beings an inescapable reminder of our responsibility as stewards of the ocean. Book signing to follow the dome presentation.