The original whaling log books consisted of daily entries recording ships activities, sightings and weather conditions. These documents are of great value to climate scientists, who are able to compare weather patterns and confirm how conditions have changed. Carved whale stamps were used as a visual aid to record the animals seen, caught and the barrels of whale oil extracted. Furthermore, I was surprised to learn the captains wife would often accompany him on longer voyages. Occasionally more personal reflections can be found which describe the personal hardships and loneliness experienced.
I was particularly interested in the early years of whaling - the age of sail - and by those expeditions to the cold north. This series of log books is my response where I am attempted to combine the human story alongside the industry's more gruesome legacies. Taking visual inspiration from the old whaling log books, I have used first hand accounts and passages from "Moby Dick" to give an authenticity to the experiences. Hoping to capture the lost voices from this period of history.