f l a n e u r : one who wanders and observes aimlessly, who roams, who travels at a lounging pace.
The first ‘flaneurs’ emerged at the beginning of the 19th Century. Initially mainly noble men, free of financial pressures, roamed the streets of the metropolis. Soon after however they were joined by journalists, writers and artists who started looking for inspiration on the boulevards and recorded the findings they made. Baudelaire authored the ‘Fleurs duMal’ and newspapers with fitting names like ‘The Observer’ were born in this era.
I am Oliver and on this site, I continue the tradition of the flaneur; explore the streets and their people and reflect on my findings with pen, pencil and watercolor as a ‘visual’ flaneur.
I am Austrian but life has brought me to beautiful San Francisco. Here, I share a tiny apartment with my lovely wife and baby boy.
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