Be a Flâneur
18 Feb 2012
I live in a suburb of Manhattan--about 20 minutes North of the city that is home to several state forests and multiple reservoirs. I spend a lot of time in both places: New York City and northern New Jersey. It is the juxtaposition between the two that strikes me--that makes me want to lift a camera and make what I see.
Two things tie together these experiences:
1. I am a flâneur.
2. I walk with a camera of some sort most of the time.
These images were made in the last few months while walking in the Bronx, Manhattan, various places in New York State, and in Ringwood, NJ.
Geographies have always fascinated me. By walking, I allow myself to come into connect with others. Making photographs is often about an exchange of energy between the artist and the subject. In many ways when making images, I am situated in a different sense of time--an out of time experience.
Charles Baudelaire wrote that a flâneur is "a person who walks the city in order to experience it." I think that's true--both of cities and of rural places.
These images were made with a Nikon D300 and an iPhone.