Web Storytelling: The Whale Hunt

Bob Maynard   May 21, 2009

whale_hunt_1The Whale Hunt is an interactive, photo-driven account of an Alaskan whaling expedition by Jonathan Harris. Amazing!

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  1. Thanks for discovering and highlighting The Whale Hunt. It is an interesting approach. I spent nearly an hour with it, so must have liked it. But while it was engaging, I really missed the lack of information on the people. There is no information on the family of hunters, how they live their lives, how the ritual of the whale hunt fits into their wider world and so on. Harris, who comes off as very sensitive and decent guy, talks about empathy for computers in his opening statement. I think he might have devoted more empathy to the characters in his story.

  2. Bob Maynard says:

    You’re welcome, Kirk. I’m torn regarding your comment about the need for more character development. Part of me wants to know the back stories of the community and the individuals, but another part is satisfied with the purely visual level of communication afforded by Harris’ photos. The details are there if you want them: the ubiquitous Bible quotes, the cramped homes, the group labor and the rush of the kill… details eventually emerge from the wash of images.

    Either way, the site’s a trip. I lost track of time while using it — always a sign of a good experience.

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