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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on the northwest corner of Columbus Avenue and 108th Street.


This set of pictures is primarily based on a extremely easy idea: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, stroll both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

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

Oh, really, there is one particular far more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact concentrate on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken far more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take pictures. So I never anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective choice of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to choose the little subset of each-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Very first, I’ll upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it really is really a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third requires time. I am hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who appears at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will find other, a lot more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to somebody from an additional part of the country, or yet another component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, shops, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually seeking at the images about five years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Little by little, shop by shop, day by day, things modify … and when you have been around as extended as I have, it really is even much more remarkable to go back and appear at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did people genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be looking at these each-block photos 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I am going to be undertaking my very best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they were 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 yet). Or perhaps they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-distinct image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll in the end make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are yet another clear instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I am certainly not a style specialist, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did women really wear those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that absolutely everyone has one particular, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious focus riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may well be going on (among other items, that makes it quite straightforward for me to photograph them with no their even noticing, especially if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can’t support asking yourself whether or not this type of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it every day, and the most recent part of my every single-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 every single day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL link to Ed’s every single-block progress via Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about locations that I ought to undoubtedly check out to get some excellent photographs, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your small 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 …

Micah Harold, 2012
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With warmest thanks, Micah!

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