A couple of nice Eye Tattoos pictures I found:

A sign of the instances: two hot dogs and a “big gulp” at 7-11, for
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This sign was plastered on the side of a pay-phone (which is rapidly becoming an obsolete anomaly itself!), on the southwest corner of 96th St and Amsterdam Avenue. But I’ve seen the exact same sign all over New York City in recent months …

As soon as upon a time, you could get a hot dog for a quarter (actually old old-timers might even inform you of the days when a hot dog was a dime, or a nickel!). And you could acquire a large soda for an additional quarter (or less) … so the complete meal would price nicely beneath a dollar.

Nowadays, you’re doing pretty nicely if you can find an edible hot dog for a dollar at many of the nearby hot-dog stands about NYC, it’s a lot more most likely to be -three. And the &quotbig gulp&quot … properly, it appears to me that they ought to spend you for agreeing to guzzle it down … but it really is probably to be a dollar or two, as nicely.

When once again, all of this will look rather quaint 10-2 years from now. The cost tag for such a meal could properly be five or ten dollars …

Or maybe we will have come to our senses, and banned this type of food altogether. How considerably would it cost for an apple
and a bottle of water?


This set of photographs is primarily based on a quite simple idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To steer clear of missing something, stroll each sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be much more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is more than I am 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’s 1 far more modest detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I don’t expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to select the little subset of every single-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it is really a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I’ll take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Clearly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be capable 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 another portion of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some images exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about five years later, and getting stunned by how significantly had changed. Tiny by tiny, store by retailer, day by day, things change … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it’s even far more incredible to go back and look at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did people actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be searching at these every single-block photos five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I’m going to be doing 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 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 instance of such a time-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll eventually determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are yet another clear instance of a time-particular phenomenon and even even though I am undoubtedly not a style expert, I suspected that I will be able to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely wear shirts like that? Did females really wear those weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has a single, which undoubtedly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious interest riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (amongst other things, that tends to make it extremely straightforward for me to photograph them without their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can not assist questioning no matter whether this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular last thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most current element of my each-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 link

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every single-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any recommendations about places that I must definitely go to to get some excellent pictures, 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 email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Remain tuned as the photo-walk continues, block by block …