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…The Whale Hunt is powerfully beautiful?

The Whale Hunt

Each year, the Inupiat Eskimos of Barrow, Alaska are allowed to hunt 22 whales for their yearly supply of food.

To document and preserve this experience, Jonathan Harris tagged along and took 3,214 photographs over the course of seven days, showing everything from his taxi ride to the Newark airport to the butchering of the second whale caught by the hunters.

Photos were taken at five-minute intervals (even while sleeping with the aid of a chronometer), though this “photographic heartbeat” was quickened during moments of high adrenaline.

The end result is a beautiful and powerful tale of a people’s fight to survive using techniques developed by their ancestors long before there was any other way to eat.

[The Whale Hunt]