Author: Dr. Natasha Fijn, based at the ANU Mongolia Institute. Her research focuses on multispecies ethnography and observational filmmaking.
Ethnographic film and photography includes detailed observations of events as they unfold in the field. In alignment with the filmic approaches of David MacDougall and the earlier work of Jean Rouch, we are interested in the basis of ethnographic audio-visual material: the wide-angle, hand-held, long shot.
The Familiar Strange, with help from series editor Dr. Natasha Fijn, invites contributors to submit a single still image or a single video shot, accompanied by a summary with a reflexive emphasis on the researcher’s own experience in the field (150-300 words). The video segment should be three minutes or less. It’s our hope that the format — short-form, multi-media, digitally-native — will offer a complementary space for visual anthropologists to share their work, and spark debate on the uses of images and image-making in ethnography.
Please send Vimeo or YouTube video links, the digital still image, and your description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Herder’s Arrival
A Mongolian Herders’ Arrival from Natasha Fijn on Vimeo.
Image: a still capture from Natasha’s film clip.
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