Jonathan Harris at Pop!Tech: The Whale Hunt

Posted on October 19, 2007 Under Art

The highlight of today’s first session entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness” was seeing friend, regular and sure-fire genius Jonathan Harris present one of his latest projects entitled The Whale Hunt. Whale Hunt tells his story of visiting the Northern most part of Alaska to witness, and observe, a traditional whale hunt. Jonathan took photos at 5-minute intervals throughout his 11 days up there (even while sleeping) and more often at more exciting moments. The result is basically a giant meta-story with multiple sub stories which can be organized by different themes of the story, locations, and characters. There are 3124 pictures in total.

But the Whale Hunt project is really more than just the story of a white guy from Brooklyn living with Eskimos and taking pictures; Jonathan’s work continues to explore new and engaging platforms for story telling, and ways to cross reference characters, events and emotions.
No word on when the site will be live, but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s up to see.