The Expressive Flâneur

© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud
© Dalia Daud

Dalia Daud has a unique and very personal photographic voice. She sees and captures the world with the eyes of a contemplative and conscious seeker. For her the world holds no mystery, she sees through the human disguises and pretences. And then captures their vulnerability with tenderness and sensibility. When she was for shooting her personal photo project about isolation for my eWorkshop Dalia attended last spring, she would find her subject everywhere. On a train, on the streets, at home, in a shopping mall, from above or from below. Her approach is with a curious and open mind, walking and observing, both with detachment and with passion – as strange as that may sound. She is a flâneur – a connoisseur of the street, capturing the world around her with sharpness and tuned in to the drama unrolling on the streets she is strolling. Always with a great sense of light and composition. Needless to say; her camera is her mobile phone which makes it possible for her to move around as a fly on the wall. If you want to see more of her pictures look up her blog Dalia Daud Photography.


68 thoughts on “The Expressive Flâneur

  1. Fascinating and inspiring. The people in these images are such strong subjects yet take up a small bit of space. Love the high contrast, line, light and shadow.

  2. Oh wow… her images are incredible. I hopped on over to her blog, browsing and browsing… very compelling, particularly the monochrome light-and-dark images.

  3. Wow…thank you so much for a great post Otto (admittedly I had to googled up what ‘Flaneur’ means 😉 ) . And I have to say that quite sums up my photographic style.
    When u say ” both with detachment and with passion ” strange as it sounds, it rings very true
    I have to say thank you again Otto for everything, it was a great learning experience 🙂
    Do you mind if I reblog this post? Thank you


  4. I follow her blog and have always admired how she captures beautiful patterns and light in everyday situations. Love the composition on these.

  5. Very deft touch and a fantastic eye involved in these works. I moseyed over to her site as well – so much more there too! Another great intro Otto, thank you.

  6. Excellent photos, Otto. Dalia is definitely a gifted photographer.

    Her work reminds me of the quotation from The Little Prince:

    “Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away.”

  7. Such amazing photos, and from her phone? I’m really awed! I think this photographic artist definitely drives it home that the eye and “open mind” is more important than the equipment. I love your description of Dalia’s work and how she approaches her subjects with detachment and passion. I can see that in her work. It’s beautiful and very compelling. I am certainly underutilizing my iPhone! 🙂

    1. Thank you Debra.
      Using a camera phone actually helps me alot! i shoot almost on a daily basis, of course not everything comes out great, but I see it as a ground to improve my skills and as my camera phone is not as fast as any of the dslr that i’ve used before, i need to react faster, and be more aware of everything thats happening around me, that definitely improves my observation skills.
      I definitely recommend it 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on Dalia Daud Photography and commented:
    This is part of my personal project on Solitude for an eworkshop that I attend back in February for 8 weeks.
    What attract me the most about the workshop is that it focuses on your voice as a photographer/artist rather than the technicality of using a camera.
    Otto is such a great teacher, his experiences certainly what draws me, and to have feedback from one such as him is priceless. I wholly recommend the eworkshop to whomever interested

  9. Love the second one, Otto. That one speaks to me. The others- I can’t imagine ‘seeing’ them as photos. It’s fascinating what strikes people as good subject matter. 🙂

      1. It is, Otto, and I value the introductions I receive to photography I might not otherwise find. 🙂 I’m very ignorant. I was introduced to David Sherry by Sally at Lens and Pens yesterday. Fantastic stuff! (as is Sally’s) Thanks for your visits to my backyard. 🙂

  10. Such great and mesmerizing contrast…the 2nd and 3rd shots would look beautiful hung in room. A very different type of photography style than mine, which makes it even more attractive to me. Very creative series of photos.

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