A photography blog with travel and feature stories by John Matthews, a photographer and flâneur based in London, England.

Flâneur Newsletter 02 - August 2011 - Where do you go?

I came across an old letter to a friend last week and it reminded me of a favourite C.K. Chesterton quotation: "The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see".

My enduring fascination with perception leads me to carefully consider what is and what I perceive to be - and try and pick the two apart as best I can. The deliberation forced by the process of developing film, scanning the results and considering each frame in Photoshop pleases me greatly. Part aide-memoir, part artefact, part disconnected object laden with its own meaning, the images collect in my imagination like autumn leaves - faded from what they were, but brilliant in burnished colours.

Since August is a time for holidays and sunshine (I'll be spending this month in London, so fingers crossed for Hampstead), this month the shop is stocked with luminous images from my travels in Italy.

This is the view from a scrumptious, romantic dinner at Trattoria da Billy in Manarola, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre. It's also an image for a forthcoming photo book titled Where Here and Now Cease To Matter. Read my latest newsletter for an excerpt, to be continued next month. The next issue will appear in your inbox on 6 September, so subscribe now.

Read: Tales of a Flâneur Newsletter 02 - August 2011