Influences: The Flâneur


From: From Louis Huart, Physiologie du flâneur (1841)

The term flâneur comes from the French masculine noun flâneur (“stroller”, “lounger”, “saunterer”, “loafer”), which itself comes from the French verb flâner, meaning “to stroll”. Charles Baudelaire developed a derived meaning of flâneur – that of “a person who walks the city in order to experience it”. The flâneur at the turn of the 20th c., although bourgeois, the flâneur was deeply concerned about the quality of urban life for the masses. Today the term, “flâneur,” is often used refer to an understanding of the urban phenomena.

In much of my photographic endeavors I try, as much as possible, to practice the “sauntering” about with no real destination in mind, other than to experience the city, in order to chapter the feeling of that “experience” in my photography. Like the flâneur at the turn of the 20th c., I want want my work to reflect upon the quality of life.

Over time I will be adding a few of my older flâneur essays on the Urban Paradoxes Flâneur page

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