A few nice Eye Tattoos photos I found:

A sign of the occasions: nobody seems to care that this film is opening on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination …
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken in Times Square, in between 44th and 45th on Broadway.

I study all three volumes of the novel, saw the very first movie once in a theater and once on a lengthy plane ride, — and will possibly see this one particular, as well.

But not on November 22nd.

Maybe it’s a generational point …

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Nov 9, 2013.


This set of pictures is primarily based on a extremely easy concept: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To avoid missing something, stroll both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

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

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to select the modest subset of every single-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Very first, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it is truly a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will locate other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to a person from an additional part of the nation, or another part of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photographs where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually hunting at the pictures about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Tiny by little, shop by retailer, day by day, things modify … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it really is even much more amazing to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did individuals really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these every-block images five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, as well), I’m going to be carrying out my ideal 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 notion what we’re calling this decade yet). 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 example of such a time-particular image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately decide that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are an additional obvious example of a time-specific phenomenon and even even though I am certainly not a fashion professional, I suspected that I will be able to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did ladies truly wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everyone has one, which definitely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears 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 (amongst other issues, that makes it really simple 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 not help questioning regardless of whether this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise information of each day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it every day, and the most current portion 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 every single day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every single-block progress by way of Manhattan

If you have any ideas about areas that I should undoubtedly go to to get some good images, 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-walk continues, block by block …