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Deceptive landscapes: Ornithological hide-work and the perception of ospreys on Speyside, 1957-1987

Garlick, Ben ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7257-0430 (2019) Deceptive landscapes: Ornithological hide-work and the perception of ospreys on Speyside, 1957-1987. GeoHumanities, 5 (1). pp. 215-236.

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This paper concerns the practices, materials and landscapes of ornithological knowledge in the twentieth century. It engages with the canon of geographical work emphasizing the active materiality of surroundings in matters of perception, alongside more speculative engagements advocating an expanded conception of nonhuman agency in the creation of place. I focus on the use of the bird hide on Speyside, with a view to guarding and documenting the lives of ospreys from 1956 onwards. Drawing on previously untapped more-than-representational elements within the writing of author John Berger, I argue that hides work to produce a deceptive version of landscape. Attention to hides offers a means to draw back the conceptual curtain obscuring the lively relations of humans and birds dwelling in negotiated proximity. Too often modern capitalist life is marked by our failure to meet the animals’ gaze, reckoning with their capacities to observe us. I formulate an account of landscape attentive to the ‘look’ of the animal in how they emerge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Geohumanities, on 29/03/2019 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2373566X.2019.1580600"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2019.1580600
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3740

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