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Dave Sandford



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As a courtesy to my clients, I offer a variety of payment options. Shop Pay offers you the option to pay in full at checkout, or to split your purchase into regular payments with Shop Pay Installments.

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Hahnemühle Photo Rag Cotton Paper.

These prints are produced without plastic packaging and with utmost care for the environment.

Shipping & Returns

Free Shipping during promotional periods, any amount of prints, anywhere in the world!

My artwork ships from my print lab in Europe. Depending on your location, you may be assessed Customs, Duties, or Import Taxes. These are assessed by your government, and not by myself.

If your art work is damaged please contact me immediately to arrange a replacement free of charge.

Care Instructions

This fine art paper is very fragile, please frame upon receiving your shipment or store in the original packaging.

I remember dropping it off the back of the boat into relatively shallow water off the coast of an island. Resting peacefully along the bottom was a mother humpback whale and her calf. For almost ninety minutes, the mother remained motionless on the bottom, other than resurfacing every fifteen minutes or so for a breath.

All this time, her calf would cycle between the surface and her. The calf would frolic in the water around me, as it played. Eventually the little calf descended to mom where they both remained for about 10 minutes. As I tread water about thirty feet above them, I recall the calf just hovering above mom in a vertical resting position. Almost like the little whale was in suspended animation. Then, suddenly there was movement. The calf started to ascend to the surface. It reminded me of a balloon being tethered and then cut loose, the young whale slowly ascended from right below me.

As it slowly rose it was spiralling towards myself and the surface, everything seemed to be in slow motion to me. I recall locking eyes with the whale as it slowly hit the surface mere feet from me. Since I was so transfixed on the little calf, I had not noticed its bus sized mother also returning to the surface and she startled me a little as she surfaced right next to me! This is where we parted ways, rest time was over. With two pumps of her tail and her little one at her side, they both quickly and peacefully disappeared into the deep blue depths of the open ocean.

It is truly wonderful to know that while mom takes her time to rest up on the ocean floor, she has full trust in us up at the surface to keep her young one occupied for a while. Complete trust in her human babysitters that will bring no harm to her baby. It is said that humpback whales feed off the energy of those around them, I feel beyond privileged that the energy I give off is positive enough to have such long lasting and intimate encounters with these ocean giants.

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag

3:2 Ratio

Border Size


12” x 18”



16” x 24”



24” x 36”



40” x 60”




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Dave Sandford's Conservation Mission

As a Polar Bear International Ambassador, I proudly donate 10% of my polar bear photography print sales to support and aid in Polar Bear conservation.

Thank you for supporting my work and supporting wildlife conservation through purchasing my artwork.

  • Free Global Shipping

    For this initial launch period free shipping is offered with any print size order!

  • Hassle-Free Exchanges if Damaged

    We ship our art work with the best possible, recycleable materials but sometimes shipping can be rough. Please contact us immediately if any issues from shipping.