Les Flâneurs

‘Picture of the week’ took a small break. But when this wonderful image appeared in my inbox I figured it was time for a bit of flâneuring once again. Jacob Campbell moved from London to Copenhagen only 10 days ago and took this wonderful photo in Kongens Have.

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Since my bicycle is still being shipped here from London I have been able to explore the city by foot, and even though cycling engages you more than, for example, a car, I found that being without a bicycle in this bicycle-friendly city still gives you the opportunity to stop and see things you otherwise might miss; a flâneur often sees the less obvious things. So, while passing through Kongens Have I cut through a small gap in a hedge and spotted these children playing in their own little corridor of space. Architects talk about space between buildings, but here we see another scale and type of ‘un-designed’ space altogether, which is quite interesting! The hedge can be seen as a natural type of wall, which separates one space from another, but you could say that there is a transitional space on the threshold from one space to another which can be easily missed or forgotten . It could be compared to the blinking of an eye between two frames of a life. What do we miss? – The child in the photo is exploring for himself all these forgotten places!

1 comment
  1. I too have always loved left over spaces – those triangular pieces of land that never get built on, or places hidden from view . Is it the secret garden that we long for ? Glimpses that entice, views that are hinted at but only slowly revealed. A beautiful photo – thank you.

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