"The unique relationship between the flâneur and the urban environment was invariably characterised by the metaphor of the city as text and the flâneur as reader" - Mary Gluck
The flâneur is a metaphorical figure rooted in nineteenth century Paris, most celebrated through Charles Baudelaire's poetry and prose. The urban space is crucial to his existence as the flâneur is incomprehensible outside the context of the city and looses himself in the crowd, understanding the city as both observer and participant, documenting the fleeting moments of everyday life in the urban landscape.
'Of City Life' is a documentation of style on the streets of Dublin city. I engaged in the mind-set of the flâneur , observing and documenting fashion in the city and that of its inhabitants, becoming a twenty first century flâneur. It aims to remind the viewer of fashion as one of the most unique modes of human expression, both physical and emotional. It is integral to our everyday existence - there is no escaping it.