A collection of candid photographs, taken during late afternoon strolls in Georgetown. The observations of Vivian Maier are what attracted me to this subject matter. She sometimes included her own reflection or shadow in her photographs. For the flâneur, a camera is just an instrument used to help him learn to see. He's an enigmatic observer who immerses himself into a scene. The people he walks past, or along with, are unsuspecting actors in a story yet to be told. The photographs he captures, fragments of his surrounding reality, are the only record.
"The crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. His passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world—impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito. The lover of life makes the whole world his family, just like the lover of the fair sex who builds up his family from all the beautiful women that he has ever found, or that are or are not—to be found; or the lover of pictures who lives in a magical society of dreams painted on canvas. Thus the lover of universal life enters into the crowd as though it were an immense reservoir of electrical energy. Or we might liken him to a mirror as vast as the crowd itself; or to a kaleidoscope gifted with consciousness, responding to each one of its movements and reproducing the multiplicity of life and the flickering grace of all the elements of life."
location: Washington, DC
date: Summer of 2014
notes: Images were captured with a 17mm prime lens (~35mm equivalent on a micro 4/3 camera body). This allowed me to project my shadow while maintaining a comfortable distance from my subject. Analog Efex Pro 2 was used to create a vintage film look for these photographs. I wore a wide brimmed Tiley hat.