In the early days of anthropology, the strong tendency was to keep oneself out of one’s writing, to focus only on the people one was studying. Later it was realized that the ostensibly faceless author is fictitious; unspoken values and intrusions enter into any description of social interaction. So the counter-tendency came to be to include oneself i the description. An author engaged in self-examination at the same time as describing people from other social and cultural conditions.
My tendency is to leave myself out of it unless there is an obvious reason why my thoughts or responses shed light on the cultural situation I’m describing. However, in these days of the constant broadcasting of one’s private life on social media, my natural aversion to exposure may seem over-reserved. So I’ve decided to devote one blog to illustrative photos of the sorts of things an anthropologist of Spanish culture might do.