Verify out these Eye Tattoos photos:

A sign of the times: brightly colored aviator-style sunglasses
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the northeast corner of Broadway and 73rd Street.

Most of the sunglasses look to be blue … but you are going to sometimes see some that are bright green …


This set of photos is based on a extremely simple idea: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To stay away from missing something, stroll both 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 a lot 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, truly, there’s 1 more tiny detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I do not anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I will be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to select the modest subset of each and every-block images 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-pals will be, &quotI have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it is truly a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, far 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’s not recognizable to someone from an additional component of the country, or one more component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some images where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about five years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Tiny by little, store by retailer, day by day, issues modify … and when you’ve been about as lengthy as I have, it really is even a lot more remarkable to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did men and women really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these each and every-block images five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I am going to be carrying out my best 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 idea what we’re calling this decade however). Or possibly they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll ultimately choose that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are one more apparent example of a time-certain phenomenon and even though I’m undoubtedly not a fashion expert, I suspected that I will be capable to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really put on shirts like that? Did ladies really put on these weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I am fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everyone has a single, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious consideration riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (amongst other things, that tends to make it extremely simple for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot support asking yourself whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 final thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most recent element 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 each and every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

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

If you have any ideas about areas that I must undoubtedly check out to get some good pictures, 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

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