A couple of nice Eye Tattoos photos I located:

A sign of the occasions: new bike racks
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken at the southeast corner of 105th Street and Broadway.

This is a new style of bike-stand, which have begun appearing all more than Manhattan in the previous year or two.

They are deemed really controversial, but I can not keep in mind why. It’s most likely just a few old fuddy-duddies who never like them and in a few years, they will all be dead, and every person else will feel that bike-racks have often looked this way.


This set of photographs is primarily based on a quite basic concept: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing something, stroll both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

Oh, actually, there’s one particular much more little detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken more than 8,000 images 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 pictures. So I never anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I will be able to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to pick the tiny subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no concept when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third entails time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who appears at it. Obviously, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll find other, 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 is not recognizable to somebody from yet another part of the nation, or yet another part of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some images exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about five years later, and becoming stunned by how considerably had changed. Little by tiny, shop by store, day by day, things alter … and when you have been around as long 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 oneself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did folks really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be searching at these each and every-block photographs five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I am going to be carrying out my 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 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 after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately choose that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are another clear example of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I am absolutely not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did women really wear these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that absolutely everyone has one, which undoubtedly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious focus riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (among other issues, that makes it extremely effortless 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 phone conversation). But I can’t support questioning whether or not this kind of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final factor: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise information of every day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it each and 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 each 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 ideas about locations that I should certainly go to to get some great photos, 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

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