Field notes overview by Dr. Scott Brady
For cultural geographers, every landscape has a story. We draw from geology and climatology to understand a landscape’s earliest, pre-human, chapters; archaeology and pollen analysis suggest how early peoples created the following chapters; old documents, maps and photographs bring us closer to a landscape’s present incarnation.
During our field work, I treated Muybridge’s photographs as records of past landscapes. In the field I looked for traces of the past, observed what had been replaced, and tried to understand how the present landscape had come to be. My essays reflect that approach. They also reflect the nature of the collaboration between Byron and me. I had questions about sites. So did Byron. Some of my essays are responses to our questions. Because many of these questions emerged while in the field, I chose to write my essays in the voice of one who is in the landscape.