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New Bedford Whaling Museum ADMIN April 21, 2013
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Group Description

You are invited to post images of signified, documented, found, or artistically rendered whales to the Flickr image pool. Actual whale photos will be excluded. Straight copy-work of whale art, products, or published works will also be excluded.

"Signifying the Whale" (the Flickr group pool) evolved from the Museum's 2003 Whaling History Symposium presentation by Zubeda Jalalzai and Jason Fiering entitled Wayside Whaling. In it, they investigated the connections between popular icons in contemporary New Bedford, its once dominant but now defunct whaling industry and the enduring language of Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale."

Melville wrote In Chapter 57: "In bony, ribby regions of the earth, where at the base of high broken cliffs masses of rock lie strewn in fantastic groupings upon the plain, you will often discover images as of the petrified forms of the Leviathan partly merged in grass, which of a windy day breaks against them in a surf of green surges." And "Then, again, in mountainous countries where the traveller is continually girdled by amphitheatrical heights; here and there from some lucky point of view you will catch passing glimpses of the profiles of whales defined along the undulating ridges."

Group Rules

You are invited to post images of signified, documented, found, or artistically rendered whales to the Flickr image pool. Actual whale photos will be excluded. Straight copy-work of whale art, products, or published works will also be excluded.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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