An Urban Wander

Exhibition – April 24 – May 15
Beau Photo Gallery Space

We’ve strolled through the streets like the flaneurs of 19th century Paris, but as active observers, using cameras to record impressions as we’ve come upon them. To stroll is to deliberately move through, and be surrounded by the architecture and inhabitants of the city, but with no specific intention. In this case however, we’ve interacted with our surroundings through our cameras.

View the exhibition a Beau and see the city through the eyes of twenty different photographers, both film and digital.

ILFORD has generously donated a roll of film for each participant in the film wander! As well, ILFORD has donated a pack of 11×17 Galerie Premium Lustre inkjet paper to print the exhibition on. Digital wander participants selected a lens from the rental department cabinets to try out. Each photographer who participated in the Urban Wander day will have one image printed, which will hang in the gallery space at Beau.

Update! Rocket Repro has generously offered to process all of the film for the film wander participants! Thanks to Rocket for continuing to support film photographers in Vancouver (they do digital too!).

If your name wasn’t drawn for the wander, you can still participate!

Wander your neighbourhood or maybe visit a neighbourhood you are interested in, and take some photographs. Select one or two of your best and post them to Instagram, then follow along and see what others are showing. Tag us and use this hashtag to make sure they appear with images from other wanderers – #beauwander2021

If you want to shoot film on your wander, feel free to do that. Post an image or two once you have the film processed.

Here are some inspiring words to think about while you stroll and photograph…

Stroll through the streets like the flaneurs of 19th century Paris, but as an active observer, using your camera to record impressions as you come upon them. To stroll is to deliberately but leisurely move through, and be surrounded by the architecture and inhabitants of the city, but with no specific intention. In this case however, you will interact with you surroundings through your camera. We offer a few inspirational thoughts about city strolling taken from an interesting (though somewhat academic) read titled “The Aesthetics of City Strolling” by Heinz Paetzold. See the link below for the full essay. We hope this will help you on your observations and photographic adventures.

In 19th century Paris, the term flânerie, translated as city strolling, was a growing pastime of purposefully but aimlessly wandering the city boulevards with an observational eye and thoughtful investigation, while becoming part of the fabric of the city. We will approach city strolling as a deliberate activity in which we will wander the streets and observe the details of our surroundings, whether they be small stones in a sidewalk or a sweeping view of the street. Paetzold writes “one of the delights of city strolling consists in the activity of poeticizing what we come across”.

Slow down and take in the atmosphere of your surroundings, the sounds, scents and textures, and let that be your guide to what you photograph. Capture things in your frame that you wouldn’t ordinarily, and see what sights speak to you. We hope you will begin to feel you are a part of your environment and it will lead you to some new discoveries.

The Aesthetics of City Strolling. Heinz Paetzold
https://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/ca/7523862.0011.023

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