On the distinction between the flaneur and the boulevardier

On the Distinction between the flaneur and the boulevardier

1.) A boulevardier drinks in the fashionable atmospheres; a flaneur drifts like a ghost through fashionable spaces, which are less remarkable to him than emptied factories.

2.) A flaneur takes pictures in the mind of landfills; a boulevardier takes pictures of tourist attractions.

3.) A flaneur is a seer; a boulevardier is a sightseer.

4.) A boulevardier strolls down prescribed paths; a flaneur is a mapless wanderer.

5.) A boulevardier walks to be seen; a flaneur walks to see.

Joseph Suglia

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17 thoughts on “On the distinction between the flaneur and the boulevardier

  1. Boulevardier can be fun but then one has to practice the societal niceties and blend with NTs. That is exhausting, stealing time and energy from the curiosity (muse?) that urges me really see and reframe.

    To float as a ghost, observing the light and shooting what you will is fulfilling…but you’ll starve. There’s what I want to shoot and then there’s what people want me to shoot. The age old artist argument..right there. 🙂 Thanks for the follow.

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