Tuesday, December 11, 2007
While I don't condone the mass hunting of whales, as shamefully desired by the Japanese government, I am in favor of small scale traditional community building events that involve hunting whales by native groups in Alaska, especially if there is an amazing photographic project involved. A website called The Whale Hunt is "A Storytelling Experiment" by photographer Johnathan Harris about just such an event. Harris details his trip to document an Alaskan Inupiat Eskimo village in an interesting manner ... he take a photo at least every 5 minutes for 7 days, ending up with over 3,700 photos.
The website is one of the most superbly designed sites of its kind and it very interactive, allowing viewers to choose photos from the entire trip as they are all displayed on the screen at the same time. You can also change the pace of the slideshow which corresponds to the rise and fall of a heart monitor. At times when there were many photos taken in a single minute, Harris says his own heartbeat increased as well. Every photo includes a time, date and title and an impressive number of them are quite good. What a way to ensure you never miss a moment, by never putting you camera away and setting it to shoot by itself at night.
This project is a testament of what can creatively be done with photography and I would like to see this technique be put to use with other subjects as well.