The First Walking Ethnographic Exercise

Monday, July 16, I went for the first time to East Williamsburg. There, I made two walks. The first walk started at 9:30 am outside of the Grand St subway station. The second one at 10:30 am at it was in a more residential area close to the Morgan Ave station.

On my first walk, I immediately became interested in how different this area was to the isle of Manhattan. I walked through several streets that had factories and industries on both sides. I seemed to be the only person there apart from the factory workers. They were intrigued by my presence, which I noticed when some of them asked me to take a picture of them. The streets were very open, and most of the cars were trucks. I also realized that most walls were graffitied. Also, the restaurants in the area seemed inexpensive and were either Hispanic or Asian.

On my second walk, I had the chance to observe a more residential area of East Williamsburg. I saw small buildings that were located near the McKibbin Playground. I also entered the playground where I was surprised when two men came to the park on a motorcycle and parked it on a basketball court. There were more graffitied walls and more restaurants than on my first walk. Also, near the Morgan Ave Station, I saw more people walking than on my first walk, but they were not numerous.

To document my walks, I took photos, one video, and several recordings. I recorded myself and the reactions I had while I was looking at my surroundings, which made me more aware of what I was watching and feeling by saying it out loud. The information that I noted in my recordings is written above.


The following is a video I took during my walk:



I also recorded the sound of the space:

These are my favorite photos of my two walks:









































































































































































































I am an international student from Venezuela that desires to communicate with the world around me visually. I hope that I can become a part of the global conversation where I can tell stories that are untold. With a background in business and languages, I have experienced how different fields will always connect at some points, and I aspire to reinforce that connection in my work. I believe that there is not one pure aesthetic, and therefore I have chosen to collaborate and learn from those around me to every day grow as an artist.

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