To walk is to vegetate,
to stroll is to live.
“In the tradition of literary flâneurs—Walt Whitman, Fran Lebowitz, Alfred Kazin, Joseph Mitchell, the Beastie Boys—Flâneur seeks to scrutinize the city, to evoke the essence of the street. And to encourage flaneurial behavior, whether detached observation or decadent gadding about.
Of course, there’s more to flanerie than loafing. As evidence, and as exhortation, I offer a passage from the first (and possibly sole) issue of Le Flâneur, a newspaper published in Paris on May 3, 1848:
To go out strolling, these days, while puffing one’s tobacco, while dreaming of evening pleasures, seems a century behind the times. We are not the sort to refuse all knowledge of the customs of another age; but, in our strolling, let us not forget our rights and our obligations as citizens. The times are necessitous; they demand all our attention, all day long.
Brooklyn, New York
“The Lance Project consists of images of young men who resemble in some small way my friend Lance. The images constitute a composite portrait of him. Though I knew Lance for eight years, he died without my ever having his photograph.”
The Lance Project
by Mindy Tucker
Images © 2000-2004 Flâneur and the authors.