The flaneur — to walk aimlessly, elegantly, slowly, poised — and to photograph anything you find interesting.

Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

Not to worry so much about whether your photos are “ good” or “bad”. To simply enjoy the walk for the sake of it.

Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

To not “force” yourself to shoot— to only shoot when you feel like it!

Washington DC, 2019

Beyond street photography

Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

Don’t worry about shooting “good” street photos. Instead, shoot for autotelic (self-motivated) reasons. For example,

  1. I shoot to analyze people, places, cities, and urban environments.
  2. I photograph people to get a closer look of them later (why does the person look so interesting or fashionable?)
  3. To better connect me with a place or city.
Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

Enjoying getting “in the zone” during street photography

Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

For me, I love getting in the “zone” when shooting street. During these moments, I feel beyond myself. My perception of time is altered, I slow down, and find more beauty and visual joy around myself.

Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

Enjoy the walk

Don’t expect to make good photos — enjoy the walk, and just shoot photos whenever you see something interesting.

Travel and shoot ultralight— #ricohmafia status.

Washington DC, 2019
Washington DC, 2019

Don’t force it

Washington DC, 2019

Don’t force yourself to shoot. Only shoot when you have an inner impulse to shoot.

Cindy
Washington DC, 2019

Don’t restrain yourself to public pavement and concrete. Enjoy flaneur-like walks in nature, parks, etc:

Enjoy flaneuring around at exhibitions or museums.

Flaneur lifestyle

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To flaneur is a mode of living — a lifestyle and approach:

  1. Walk for pure enjoyment
  2. Walking as an existential thing — walking isn’t “exercise”.
  3. ”Only thoughts conceived while walking have any value.”- Nietzsche
  4. Walking might be as essential as sleeping or eating (Nassim Taleb)

Never stop walking!

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