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© 2019 by  Jaimon Caceres

On a recent trip to Paris, I discovered the French concept of "flânerie". This word means taking a step back to marvel at one’s surroundings such as a city’s architecture and history, or the uniqueness of fellow pedestrians. A flâneur disconnects with the world in order to better engage with it. Capturing the essence of flânerie is an essential part of my Paris series. These images recreate my memories of experiencing Paris, of walking onto the Esplanade du Trocadero and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, looking over my shoulder to see the sun setting on the Left Bank, or observing a quirky Parisian sipping an afternoon coffee at a cafe.

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“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.”  

-Charles Baudelaire