A couple of nice Eye Tattoos pictures I located:

New Yorkers really like to paint the sides of their building
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Lexington and 104th Street.

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for August 1, 2014.


This set of photos is based on a really easy concept: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To avoid missing vanything, walk each sides of the street.

That is 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’s far more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, in fact, there’s a single more little detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take pictures. So I don’t anticipate 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 used to pick the modest subset of each-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no concept when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third requires time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who appears at it. Naturally, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll discover other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be capable to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to a person from another part of the nation, or yet another component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photos 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/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, shops, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually searching at the images about five years later, and becoming stunned by how considerably had changed. Small by small, shop by shop, day by day, items modify … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it’s even much more amazing to go back and look at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did men and women really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these every single-block photos five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I am going to be undertaking 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 will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll in the end choose that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are yet another apparent example of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I’m undoubtedly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did ladies truly wear these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that every person has one particular, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious consideration riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (among other things, that makes it very effortless 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 phone conversation). But I can not support questioning whether or not this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

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

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

If you have any recommendations about places that I should definitely visit to get some excellent 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

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