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Visualising everyday geographies: practices of vision through travel-time

Bissell, David

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Responding to recent debates in human geography on the need to explore more complex renderings of everyday visuality, this paper explores some of the fluid relationships between everyday visuality, materiality and mobility through practices of contemporary railway travel in Britain. Based on extensive empirical research, this paper explores three different but related visual practices experienced during the course of a railway journey. First, it looks at how sublime forms of vision emerge to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBissell, David
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:17:12Z
dc.identifier.issn0020-2754
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/18426
dc.description.abstractResponding to recent debates in human geography on the need to explore more complex renderings of everyday visuality, this paper explores some of the fluid relationships between everyday visuality, materiality and mobility through practices of contemporary railway travel in Britain. Based on extensive empirical research, this paper explores three different but related visual practices experienced during the course of a railway journey. First, it looks at how sublime forms of vision emerge to produce a variety of passive embodied effects. Second, it looks at how more attentive visual practices are implicated in the temporal organisation of the journey and have the capacity to activate changes to routine. Third, it looks at how the physical materiality of the carriage interior serves to mediate the visual field in particular ways and gives rise to a series of freedoms and constraints. Whilst the visual consumption of landscapes viewed through a window is often taken to be an axiomatic part of the travelling experience, this paper demonstrates the importance of apprehending how a multiplicity of visual practices affect how perceptions of time, space and location unfold over the course of a journey.
dc.publisherRoyal Geographical Society
dc.sourceTransactions: an International Journal of Geographical Research
dc.subjectKeywords: empirical analysis; perception; railway transport; travel time; visualization; Eurasia; Europe; United Kingdom; Western Europe Britain; Everyday geographies; Materiality; Travel-time; Visuality mobility
dc.titleVisualising everyday geographies: practices of vision through travel-time
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume34
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor160403 - Social and Cultural Geography
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4703005xPUB4
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBissell, David, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage42
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage60
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1475-5661.2008.00326.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:20:15Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-58549087579
local.identifier.thomsonID000261685400004
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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