Apogeo Photos

 

The Photographers
of Modern Life

Unlike other visual arts, the sine qua non of photography is presence. Wanderlust is not only a common affliction of photographers, but necessary for its practice.  

Creativity exists at the crossroads of conscious action and surreal thought. We create art when we are in a place which not only matches our surreal thoughts, but allows us to capture them. The artists at Apogeo Photos practice being a Photographer of Modern Life, attentive to the fundamental concept that the world around us at any given moment is beautiful, and worthy of observation.

These values were elevated to the status of an approach to literary criticism in the essays of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, and Walter Benjamin, among others. To describe the approach, these authors used the term flâneur. The word is French, and means, roughly, "stroller" or "lounger." Being a flâneur is a state of physical behavior matched to a philosophical attitude. In his essay, "The Painter of Modern Life" (to the title of which we pay homage), Baudelaire described the philosophy and approach of the flâneur:

“The crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. His passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. 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. To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world—impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito. The lover of life makes the whole world his family, just like the lover of the fair sex who builds up his family from all the beautiful women that he has ever found, or that are or are not—to be found; or the lover of pictures who lives in a magical society of dreams painted on canvas. Thus the lover of universal life enters into the crowd as though it were an immense reservoir of electrical energy. Or we might liken him to a mirror as vast as the crowd itself; or to a kaleidoscope gifted with consciousness, responding to each one of its movements and reproducing the multiplicity of life and the flickering grace of all the elements of life.”

 
 

— Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life

 

We hope you agree that this selection of images reflects Baudelaire's conception.


Drowning

in Venice

Gentle heart

in Rennes, France

50 Souls

at Mont-Saint-Michel

New York Stories

Queens to the Upper East side,
and points in-between.

Chiaroscuro

in Istanbul

Ridiculous to Sublime

in Prague

From the ashes

ever resilient in Saint-Malo