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One Week in Iraq

Posted in Journalism by Adam Westbrook on May 19, 2009

One Week in Iraq

After quite a few weeks of work (and a trip to Iraq) my first ever multimedia project went online last week. It’s called One Week In Iraq and I hope it’s a vibrant snapshot of what life is like for the final British soldiers to serve in Iraq, many of whom are starting to come home.

At it’s centre is an interactive collage I created on the website which was a joy to use; I’m very happy with the final result.

The rest is made up of short self-shoot films, including a piece about the work the soldiers are doing and a look at whether Iraq’s got what it takes to be a big tourist destination.

Following on from earlier articles about kitting out on the cheap, One Week In Iraq follows the same vein, with the only cost being the domain name and hosting. Everything else has been free!

I guest-blogged about it for Innovative Interactivity‘s Behind the Scenes series, and it’s had an interesting write up over at Wire and Lights too. Check it out, and let me know what you think!


Saddam Online

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on December 31, 2006

They say if 2006 was anything, it was the year of the video download.

We all discovered Youtube, dozens of internet phenomena were born and died there, from the Lazy Sunday Chronicles of Narnia, to their british counterpart; from the coke and mentos thingy, right up to the sale of Youtube itself for over a billion dollars.

But on the last day of 2006, its tagline as “The Year of the Video Download” has been enshrined in the goriest of ways…the full, unedited version of Saddam Hussein’s hanging’s now available for you to watch at your leisure.

Media democracy in action or just some fodder for the sickos? I don’t think we’ll ever decide.