Photo Essay

Be a Flâneur

A Resting Place

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.

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9 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    I love seeing life through your eyes! A wonderful narrative, and beautiful photos. Definitely voted.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    Some of the greatest images come from just walking around...this proves it, I love all the different styles, just curious if the sheep image is a reall ttv? If so, what camera did you use? Fab story a definite vote :D

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (18 Feb 2012):

    it is an Art.

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    Wonderful! Wish you'd make this into a book.

  • David Johnson

    David Johnson said (19 Feb 2012):

    Inspiring - I love a sense of place in word and image.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (19 Feb 2012):

    I'm forever amazed by the beauty and depth of your work. Outstanding essay, my friend. Sure gets my votes.

  • MaYa Sinji Jung 정신지

    MaYa Sinji Jung 정신지 gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    :-))) Yes, voted, for a flâneur!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    have always loved your great eye!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly said (21 Feb 2012):

    Thanks for the great comments and Jason, thanks so much for nominating the story for the story of the week.

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