Some cool Dog Tattoos images:

Lots of New Yorkers like to stroll their dogs following dinner …
Dog Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on West Finish Avenue and 79th Street.

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for August 13, 2013.


This set of pictures is based on a extremely easy idea: walk every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To avoid missing something, stroll both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be a lot more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is a lot more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, far more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there is 1 a lot more tiny detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than 8,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photographs. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to select the little subset of every-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Very first, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it is genuinely a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Naturally, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will discover other, a lot more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to an individual from one more part of the country, or yet another portion of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually looking at the images about 5 years later, and being stunned by how significantly had changed. Small by tiny, retailer by shop, day by day, factors change … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it really is even much more wonderful to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did individuals genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, too), I am going to be undertaking my ideal to capture scenes that convey the sense that they have been taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no concept what we’re calling this decade but). Or perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years soon after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-particular image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll ultimately choose that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are an additional clear example of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I’m undoubtedly not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did women truly put on these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has a single, which undoubtedly wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious attention riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that might be going on (among other factors, that tends to make it very straightforward for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot assist asking yourself whether this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final factor: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most current element of my each and every-block journey will be marked in red, to differentiate it from all of the older segments of the journey, which will be shown in blue. You can see the map, and peek at it each and every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s each-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any ideas about places that I need to undoubtedly visit to get some great photographs, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your tiny corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can e-mail me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Keep tuned as the photo-stroll continues, block by block …