Video As...

Video as ‘knowledge creation’

Based off Sarah Pink’s extensive works on visual ethnography, this project’s methodolody is designed on the foundation that visual media such as videos and photographs has potential not only to record what has happened, but also can create new meaning. In order to do so, it was crucial that I interact with research participants during fieldwork to observe how my interpretations and differed from them, and how so. The video, although filmed and edited by myself, is essentially an accumulation of experiences based on the interactions exchanged with research participants- therefore making the proccess collaborative as my perceptions and ideas were being shaped and molded over time through the process of fieldwork.




Daily reflection and observations on everyday life becomes part of a growing collection of memories. They become fragments for which was a tool for reflection and rediscovering the past. 

Video as ‘moving portrait’

As the film was not directed or held any particular narrative right until the editing process, the film requires the process of weaving a narrative through clips that captures the essence of everyday family life, from my personal point of view. The thread that holds the film together therefore, were narration and pieces of interviews conducted over the course of the fieldwork.   The film, therefore does not shine the objective truth, but rather emphasizes on the importance of establishing my worldviews. It becomes an expression of my emotional journey as a student trying to re-discover and make sense of the relationships that were created in the process of filming.



Interviews were done periodically in an informal manner with Sorn and family members before and after the movie. The interview with P’Sorn generally surrounded every day conversations, as well as inquiring about her history and life philosophies. 

an interview with P’Sorn on her past.

Family members were also interviewed before and after the screening of the video to develop a better understanding of their self-perceptions, as well as perception of P'Sorn in relation to the household.   In these interviews, I slowly developed a better understanding of each person’s impression of each other, as well as their expectations and values in family and work.

Video as a ‘communication tool’

In this project, the video was used as a communication tool with family members and P’Sorn in the initial stage, and then with others beyond the household.  By showing the video to the P’Sorn, I was able to relay my feelings to P’Sorn, as well as eliciting a meaninful response from her to better understand her point of view.  In showing the film to the family, we were able to discuss more difficult issues with more ease. As I began to open the film to those beyond the field, my perspectives widened as the crowd reflected on different themes that surfaced from the video.
 Through the process, I am able to grasp a better understanding of my position not only in the household, but my place in the ‘world’.