A handful of good Eye Tattoos images I discovered:

A sign of the times: by the time you get utilised to a new fashion, it really is obsolete
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the northeast corner of Broadway and 73rd Street.

I’m nevertheless obtaining used to this new style of women’s dresses … and by the time I am accustomed to it, I’m certain it will no longer be in style. C’est la vie …

Thank goodness guys do not have to worry about this so much. The guy on the proper could have been wearing the exact same outfit 20 years ago, and it would have been just fine …

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This set of pictures is based on a extremely simple concept: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To avoid missing anything, stroll each 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’m prepared 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’s a single a lot more modest detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken more than eight,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 count on 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 selection of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to choose the small subset of each and every-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Very first, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it’s truly a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who appears at it. Clearly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will uncover other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to someone from yet another element of the nation, or an additional component of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about five years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Little by tiny, store by retailer, day by day, issues adjust … and when you’ve been about as extended as I have, it’s even far more amazing to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did people actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these each and every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, as well), I’m going to be performing my best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they had been 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 possibly they’ll 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-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will eventually decide that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are an additional clear instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I am undoubtedly not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did females genuinely put on these weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has a single, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious attention riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that might be going on (among other things, that tends to make it really straightforward for me to photograph them without 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 aid 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’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of every day’s photo-walk. I will 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 each day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any suggestions about locations that I should undoubtedly go to to get some great 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 e-mail me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

A sign of the times: recycling plastic bags
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 104th Street, close to Manhattan Avenue.

Recycling plastic bags is a comparatively new &quotgreen&quot campaign that got a lot of consideration when it was introduced in NYC a year or two ago … but aside from this random container sitting out on the sidewalk, I haven’t noticed considerably proof of it.

Maybe it’s much more visible at the checkout counter of regional grocery stores but out on the street, you nonetheless see people carrying plastic shopping bags full of stuff…

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This set of photographs is primarily based on a very straightforward concept: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To steer clear of missing anything, stroll each sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

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

Oh, in fact, there’s one a lot more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken much more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I don’t expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to pick the modest subset of each and every-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, 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 thought when or where that photo was taken, but it is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who looks at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will uncover 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 somebody from yet another part of the nation, or an additional element of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there might 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 fascinating/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, shops, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually looking at the images about five years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Small by little, store by retailer, day by day, things alter … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it really is even far more remarkable to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did folks truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these every single-block photographs five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I’m going to be doing 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 thought what we’re calling this decade yet). Or possibly they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I will eventually make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are yet another obvious instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I am absolutely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely wear shirts like that? Did females really put on these weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has 1, which definitely wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (among other things, that tends to make it quite easy 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 can not assist questioning whether or not this kind of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last factor: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most recent part 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 every single day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL hyperlink to Ed’s each-block progress by means of Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about places that I should absolutely go to to get some good photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can e mail me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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