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Jennifer’s Photo Essay Winter 2015: Blog Post

I wanted to take this course in order to learn how images can be used to tell stories about the past. Once a photograph or film is made, it automatically becomes part of the past, a past that is more or less recent. For my photo essay, I chose the media of photography to explore how I “see” my life here in Budapest through different gazes. As the title of my essay implies, I am questioning my own gazes in my changing role as a tourist-cum-resident alien. I am exploring my own recent Budapest past over the last eight months—both the ways in which I feel a member of various local communities, but also how I remain an outsider. This approach is very self-reflexive, but I find it parallels the duplicity of roles played by an anthropologist in the field. An anthropologist becomes an insider in some ways, but remains an outsider as well. While Budapest is not a completely foreign culture, it is not my home culture, and therefore it can serve as an anthropological field site. I have organized my images as diptychs to be read in relationship to one another.

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