Phantom Skies and Shifting Ground: Landscape, Culture, and Rephotography in Eadweard Muybridge's Illustrations of Central AmericaMain MenuProject OverviewAn overview and description of Phantom Skies and Shifting GroundAn Introduction to Eadweard MuybridgeAn Introduction to Eadweard MuybridgeReading MuybridgeA primer on reading Muybridge's picturesField NotesA sample selection from Dr. Brady's field note essaysFinding & Rephotographing MuybridgeA selection of rephotographed sites located on a mapCollecting MuybridgeNotes on the Muybridge Central American albumsBibliographyThe bibliography from Phantom Skies and Shifting GroundByron Wolfe29b5afd50a8948b8f580d8d9bef15030f6d53f98Scott Brady74da0422598ae4d11d5f12e2d4b2465e62c96b82Temple University Press & Digital Scholarship Center / Radius Books
Selections from notes recorded while in the field (2006).
12017-04-10T13:09:06+00:00Annie K Johnson152f752dbfcb2c81f05e99e467f7916e055e23f353Written by Scott Brady.plain2017-05-02T14:28:39+00:00Annie K Johnson152f752dbfcb2c81f05e99e467f7916e055e23f3
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12016-10-07T18:43:59+00:00Field Notes33A sample selection from Dr. Brady's field note essaysplain862017-05-02T14:27:35+00:00The following are two field note essays, one of which is included in the print version of Phantom Skies and Shifting Ground. The book includes eleven separate field note essays on different thematic elements that emerge from revisiting the sites of many of the original photographs - benchmarks that establish a particular perspective of a place and time.
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.