Photographer Charles “Flip” Nicklin grew up in San Diego and is now a leading whale photographer who follows the giant mammals on their migration each year. An exhibition of his whale photographs accompanied by other photos and sculptures of whales is open at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

I’d talked about the exhibition on KPBS last month but not seen the photos yet; I went to check them out and chat with the gallery’s chief, Abe Ordover, for last week’s Behind the Scene TV. Here’s the clip:

Ordover, a lawyer-turned-photographer-turned-gallerist, said he loves taking the work of National Geographic and other magazine and book photographers, and blowing the photographs up to display on the wall.

“To see them 30-by-40 upon the wall here is almost a devastating experience,” he said. “The day we were putting it up, people were coming in before they were supposed to, climbing over the ropes. And they were in awe. It’s shocking to see the animals that close.”

Though the lectures I mentioned in the clip are over now, the exhibition is open through the end of the year.

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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