As an ambitious drifter, I am very proud to call myself a flaneur. There is no real English equivalent of the word, although it’s also a very English pastime. I like to stroll without purpose, walk around a city without any real aim…. I’m simply there to absorb the atmosphere. You could add ‘people watcher’, although I tend not to photograph people. I dont like to invade their privacy. I do like odd buildings, strange alleys and especially doors.
Doors are mysterious because I’ll never get to know what’s behind them…. as a classic flaneur I observe, but dont engage. Here’s another collection of doors which fired my imagination.
A house with waterfront,Delft,The Netherlands.
Montparnasse Cemetery,Paris. Someone’s heart has been taken.
Colourful Door, Paris
Rural France…. I love the star studs. Strength and style.
There are flaneur blogs you might like to check out. I think there’s a little bit of flanerie in all of us.
For door lovers I can recommend that you check out The Legion of Door Whores