Peripatetic Photography in the Neighborhood

02.08.2020

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

Peripatetic Photography

Peripatetic photography is the quiet side of street photography during which attention is given primarily to the state of mind of the photographer and not to the hunting of exceptional phenomena. An approach to peripatetic photography is the experiential, direct, non-conceptual photography.

Peripatetic photography is a good description of my visual working methods that I use, strolling in the urban environment in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. For me this is as a form of meditation, wandering as a possibility of emptying the mind and emptying the mind as a source of inspiration and creativity. This internalization of the attention brings a more sober reading of reality. The editing is a form of non-linear-narrative composition of images.

Some photographers approach the peripatetic photography as a form of political gesture and a idiosyncratic exploration of the notion of sedimentation, both in the physical and metaphysical sense.

The term "peripatetic" is a transliteration of the ancient Greek word peripatêtikos, which means "of walking" or "given to walking about" or "strolling". The Peripatetic school founded by Aristotle who taught philosophy while walking.