Angela, Amanda, Kim: Exploring the Estuary
Wow! I love how this path came together. My original idea was of course, using the estuary as a place for exploration and adventure with a friends dog.. I love watching the dog explore that piece of driftwood with his nose, like I was exploring the esutuary with my eyes. From there, Amanda added some awesome pictures of friends at some sort of hippy-commune in the forest. A perfect continuation of the outdoors and having fun. Then ending with Kim's aquarium pictures which tied the path up relating back to the sea! So amazing. The whole path to me really ended up speaking about the magic and beauty of being in nature, being amoung friends and animals and the important moments that are caught with a camera. I am always interested in how the camera can capture a moment- or even create one. When I look back at that day with Mango I think of how beautiful, sunny and fun it was bein outside just me and a dog! At the time, I didnt have that real appreciation I have now (especially since its winter, and double-especially when I will move off the Island). So thats interesting. Yay for cameras! But on the flips-side, taking pictures can limit ones true enjoyment of a moment and become more focused on taking a good pic/video...
Exploring without a mobile phone can make a stressful excursion. How can new terrain be explored without a phone? Emergency calls and GPS lost from our fingertips. The disconnect seems to become increasingly difficult as assistive services evolve.
Without external connection, we find ourselves not knowing the time, only the day. We explore the outskirts of the Okanagan Valley with spontaneity and undivided human connections.
Without knowing Angela’s original idea for this path, I felt that the images of the first to sections were a literal private exploration, and a social investigation of an area. In response to the title and previous images for this path, I decided to use the concept of a sea-life study but in another context. The photos I chose to use are from my visit to the Vancouver Aquarium.
I think of the aquarium and its’ inhabitants as an actor network. Just as these marine organisms would have interactive roles with one another in the great blue sea, they play different sorts of roles in the contained aquarium.
In “Some Elements of a Sociology of Translation,” Michel Callon speaks about the circumstances by which the actors of a network are enrolled. The aquarium makes me question who is speaking on behalf of the non-human actors as they cannot verbally give consent for their containment. I wonder how these particular actors would do in another network, now after being separated from their original habitats.