On the distinction between the flâneur and the boulevardier

On the Distinction between the flâneur and the boulevardier

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph Suglia

22 thoughts on “On the distinction between the flâneur 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. 🙂

  2. Wonderful distinction! Thanks for following, I hope can live up to my aspiration to be a flaneur. It’s good to have goals 🙂

  3. Interesting, I never thought of it that way. I’d have to say I’m more of a flaneur, way too shy to be a boulevardier : )

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