“Roma Coast to Coast” by Alessio Trerotoli

The flâneur was a literary type from 19th century France: drawing on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, the figure of the flâneur, connoisseur of the street, has been used to explain modern urban experience. The flâneur’s tendency toward detached but aesthetically attuned observation has brought the term into the literature of photography, particularly street photography: the photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of attractive extremes. I think to be a sort of modern flâneur, so I decided to cross my city, Rome, in order to discover it better, to know its secrets corners, because Rome is one thousand and one city: last 21 April, the day of the fondation of Rome, I did my Roma Coast To Coast, walking throught my city for 21km, crossing it from Battistini to Anagnina, touching with my steps every station of the Line A of the underground. So I walked from the popular suburbs of Primavalle to the foot of the Roman Castles, passing near the Vatican City and near the monuments of the Historical Center, with its horde of tourists. A walking trip told by my images, because, as Henry Miller said, “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things”.

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