Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Arcades Project

I have always been a great admirer of Walter Benjamin and this current phase of work is in honour of the Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin. A literary critic and one of the Frankfurt School of critical theorists he was much influenced by Freud and Jung. But World War Two was to cut Benjamin's work short. As the German army advanced on Paris, he died in mysterious circumstances attempting to cross the French-Spanish border. Benjamin said "The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses." More of Benjamin, the Arcade Project and flâneurs later - but I am pleased with this arcade photograph. This is the Galerie de la Reine or Koninginnegallerij Arcade in Bruxelles, just off the Grote Markt. Would these people be flâneurs? Or was that me?