Field Notes 3

Yesterday there was a Greek night at a nightclub in Canterbury and I figured it was a good idea to get some footage. What I did not think about was the very low lighting, which made it difficult for me the get the footage I was imagining I would get. A second problem I encountered was the sound. At first, I thought I would shoot the videos and just crop them after, but that was not the case. I had to edit the brightness and delete the sound of them. However, I managed to include some of these videos, with a soundtrack on top.

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As mentioned in my reflexive essay of the film, many anthropologists have argued that raw footage is showing a better reality, but particularly in my case editing was needed, in order to get a presentable result.

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Field Notes 2

Today was the first interview with a Greek teacher at Kent University, for the purposes of my film. He is a teacher I do not know and therefore I faced the ‘awkwardness’ for the first time in this project. What I realized through the interview with this teacher is the fact the communication skills have a significant role when conducting fieldwork. You are the one that has to make your interviewee (in this case) to feel comfortable, so at the end he actually provides you with want you are looking for. Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 8.20.19 AM.png

A second point I realized today was the fact that the topic you are asking someone to talk about has a very crucial role in his/her stance towards the anthropologist and the camera. In my case, I figured throughout the interview that this person was discussing I subject that she feels connected to it in a sentimental way, therefore the obstacle called camera was no longer ‘ visible’.

Field notes 1

Today was my first day of filming. It was a sunny beautiful day and I went with my friends to the park close to our house and filmed them. I did not encounter any major difficulties, instead I was surprised by the way my friends were treating the camera. The did not seem to care that they were being filmed, whatsoever. Instead, they were acting as they normally do. I believe that it is in my favour, creating a video that is mostly filmed with friends, since I can tell if the camera is seen as a threat to them and if their behaviour changes. filed notes 1!

Me, Myself and I

My name is Christina Stavridi and I am from Greece. I study at the University of Kent, Social Anthropology.  DSC_0048.jpg

I was very lucky to travel a lot in my life, I appreciated and cherished the value of each culture learning every time something new and something different. This allowed me to keep my horizons very wide. Moving to Canterbury for my studies, gave me the opportunity to meet people very different than me and my cultural background.

One of my favourites quotes by my father is “Those who succeed in life are not just great professionals but people who communicate and interact well with others.” He was explaining that for a
ny person who wants to succeed, the contribution of other people around him is needed. Therefore, how you communicate with people is most important in order to mobilize and motivate everyone around you to contribute in common goals.

In this blog I want to share my experience during my third year at the university, while presenting parts of myself. What’s more I want to underline the fieldwork adventure for the film I will create, which will be discussed in this blog as well.

My ultimate belief: See your life as a trip to Ithaca and enjoy the journey to the fullest!

A fun exercise

Today I got a really good lesson. While everyone was presenting their own handmade symbolic cameras in class, our teacher asked us to go around the campus and ask random people to interview them with our symbolic cameras. My first reaction was to laugh and say to myself he is probably joking. But he wasn’t. And so we did, we started casually asking random people to interview them without showing that something ‘is not right’. Many people said, no I’m busy and turned their backs. Others said yes and while we asked them questions, they replied, but they were looking at us in a weird way (obviously). Then, there were some people who even though they said yes they got ‘angry’ halfway and started asking questions such as ‘Does this actually work?’. 24830997605_4e09eb3b54_o.jpg

It was definitely a very funny experience, but ultimately we were all being taught something while laughing. The basic thing before we start our film: to expect negative and sometimes not very polite attitudes towards our project. What were our reactions and how each one of us handled these situations, is a completely subjective matter that we were then exploring and preparing for what is to come. Personally, even thought I was ‘shy’ to do the exercise at first,  I ended up having fun and realizing that it is completely okay and understandable if someone rejects you and does not want to help.