Ethnography In-Sight: Spiraling through Fieldwork
Knowledge and interpretation of an annual festival in the Brazilian northeastern city of Laranjeiras, Sergipe (see French, this issue) informs my particular dialogic relationship to this Photograph. The permanence of the handprints behind a figure moving through time depicted in this image illustrates two states of being, but also two ways—at least—of knowing: on the one hand, the visual and textual inscription of stasis and permanence, and on the other hand, the performative temporality of the body that inscribes movement and change. Red and Black. Seeing, interpreting, and understanding the image—a textual inscription of the brincadeira (game) of Red and Black—is itself a kind of “game” or “spiraling” between ways of knowing.