Friday, August 15, 2008

Flâneur

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The term flâneur comes from the French verb flâner, which means "to stroll". A flâneur is thus a person who walks the city, looking at buildings and places -- watching the passersby, thinking and being inspired. I particularly love when this way of seeing the world is translated through photography. The photos of Willy Ronis (above) for example. His rather well known photos of Paris give me such inspiration in my own attempts at photography. Most of us simply don't feel we should spend our time as flanuers. It just isn't productive or something. What a shame. I think when the moment comes, and we face our last day on this planet -- that we will have wished for more time to work, but more to play. Time to be "in the moment" -- to savor life, and it's beauty.
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8 comments:

Krissy said...

These are beautiful photos! What a lovely Friday post :)

Sabina said...

I thought it was very apropos. Have a great weekend Krissy!!

ofifteen said...

great images, love the first one and second one!


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suchthings.ca said...

Hello, Sabina,
Your photos are outstanding. What a beautiful setting!
Mary:)

M.Kate said...

oh Sabina..I like this. I have been a flaneur for a long time..haha cant even pronouce it properly, French is not exactly common language here. you have a great weekend :D

Fifi Flowers said...

Gorgeous photos... come visit me... I have some Paris for you!

Fifi Flowers said...

Ooooh la la... one more comment... the music is perfect for these photos!

Lucky said...

love these pics! esp. the 2nd one. i love rain and that pic seems all about possibilities and opportunities - its cheerful to me.

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