Several of my fellow archaeology graduate students are also skilled photographers, and we’ve gone out on photo-taking expeditions together, usually to places that yield a certain amount of gorgeous decay. I do not consider myself to be a photographer of any skill–my practice in this regard is just snapping things that I think are interesting–but I find the concept of the archaeological eye and the creation of archaeological media objects fascinating.
So what makes a photograph archaeological? Since we’re trained archaeologists, does this change our photography? There’s some discussion of professional vision in more formal venues, and my “elder brother” in the program (a past student of my advisor) based his dissertation around this question. Still, I’m not sure that the question has been answered to my satisfaction.
I’ve asked several of archaeologist-photographers to sit for short video interviews, which I will cut and post on youtube. I’ll be using a mix of straight-interview and photo elicitation, with a particular focus on their use of flickr in building a community of photography-oriented archaeologists. None of this is particularly formal, but it’s good practice for my proposed serial video project in the summer. Anyway, let’s get to some of the questions:
What cameras do you use?
What kind of photos do you take?
How do you choose your subjects?
Do you think your photography is affected by your work in archaeology?
Can you walk me through your practice?
How many photos do you usually take?
How many of these do you upload to flickr?
How do you decide which to upload?
Any other questions I should ask?