Class: IDS-H. Audubon Instructors: Professor Lemeh and Dr. Moore
Blog Entry #5
Word Count: 396 Pod or Vod-cast: No
Reading assignment: Yes – Chpts. 6&8
Chapter 6 – Karen Kramer uses many of the methods we use in biology field note taking for her study in anthropology. She relies on qualitative data as well as quantitative data to make her journals. Anthropology is a difficult field because it is a person studying people, so there has to be fluidity in how the two interact. You don’t want people to feel awkward around the observer. She also holds interviews with people to collect information on age and relationships within groups as well as observe them doing their day to day activities. This allows her to see how the subjects’ answers align with their actions. I am majoring in environmental science which is a physical science as well as anthropology because interacting with people will always be prominent in my career. Helping to conserve resources is the biological aspect and educating the people and changing policy about certain aspects of the law will be a part of the human interaction side. Her insight will definitely help with my field notes.
Chapter 8 – Jenny Keller reiterates the importance of sketching what is seen in the field. She has her methods of field work that resembles what we first learned in class such as, paying attention to the way things move and what time of day you are witnessing them as well as writings notes and descriptions in the margins. She makes a point about how color is the most difficult part about sketching because not even photographs are on par with first hand visual in the field of the subject. I find color the hardest part as well and I feel I ruin most of my sketches by adding color to them. I had seen in her examples that she has colored only portions of the sketch to give herself and perhaps other readers a general idea of the color of the specimen but does not take away from the detail of the sketch throughout. I will be trying this method in my next sketches. She writes that making tedious notes and sketching small shapes and picture notes next to a description will help with drawing later on in the process. I will also experiment this way because I had a hard time drawing out in the field because there were few flat surfaces and my hand is not steady when making rough outlines and sketches.