Facets in Photo Navigation

This fascinating experiment in photographic storytelling by Jonathan Harris covers his participation in an Alaskan Eskimo whalehunt (whales are their primary food supply and the hunting is allowed under international regulations). It’s also, interestingly, a nice exposition of how facets can support navigation of a large quantity of non-textual content. You can browse these photos by Cast (people) Context (location) Cadence (pace and emotional level) Concept (topic focus of a photo, Harris identifies 15) – and the primary one, which is the timeline.

There are some really nice visual navigation effects, so it’s not just a mechanical implementation of facets – my only issue is that the effects sometimes interfere with the usability, and it would be nice if you could combine facets. But a great experiment in structuring a non-text resource by a non-taxonomist using some fundamental taxonomic principles. Thanks to Johanna Reed for this find.


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