To me, someone who grew up in a country with a 90-kilometer (66-mile) coastline of the Baltic sea, whales seem almost as mythical as mermaids. So when I stumbled upon Jem Cresswell’s photo series Giants, I experienced a profound contradiction. On one hand, the powerful black and white images brought me closer to witnessing these majestic animals. But on the other, they reassured my belief that whales are creatures beyond my comprehension. If there’s one thing I’m certain of, however, it’s that Jem’s photos offer an intimate glimpse into the private world of these gentle creatures.