Sunday, July 02, 2006


if you find yourself
if you find yourself © Laura Kicey

Today I learned a new word. Like 'bokeh', it is something that I am so pleased that it is something that has actually been named properly.

from wikipedia

Parkour (pron. IPA /paʁ.'kuʁ/, often abreviated to PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, so parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures that are accessible to most people, such as buildings, rails and walls.

A traceur (/tʁa.'sœʁ/) is a participant of parkour.

crucifixation © Laura Kicey

I really like this idea. Not just in the sense that it would be pretty damn cool to see someone practicing this, but more in the sense that one could practice this mentally, especially going about as I do, out shooting. The philosphy behind it focuses more on the elegance with which one moves through the space, gracefully conquering all in his path. Can I do that with my eyes and my brain, move like fluid. Wouldn't that be nice?

stole © Laura Kicey

Or perhaps just be able to fake it in a very convincing manner.


Blogger Michael K. said...

How is this different from "freestyle walking"?

5:59 PM, July 03, 2006  
Blogger helveticaneue said...

mmm uhhh I haven't a clue. I have enough difficulty being firmly on teh ground without toppling to understand the nuances. Though I get the impression there are specific 'moves' with parkour.... while freestyle is well, just freestyle and un choreographed.

9:45 AM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Michael K. said...

Yah, the website looks like a bunch of bullshitters. Leave it to the French to make it all... French.

1:08 PM, July 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

parkour is different in that it's about moving efficiently through obstacles, not about looking cool. for more information on it, see

if you're looking for parkour, why would you look at

6:57 PM, July 27, 2006  

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