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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the south side of 42nd St, among 6th and 5th Avenue. The New York City Public Library is right away behind exactly where this guy is sitting.

I don’t walk along this street extremely frequently, so it is really feasible that this guy has been sitting right here each day, supplying this distinctive service to all of the grumpy and disgruntled pedestrians, vacationers, students, and other individuals who stroll along 42nd Street.


This set of photographs is based on a extremely easy idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To stay away from missing anything, 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’s far more than I am prepared to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, really, there’s one particular a lot more little detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken far more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take pictures. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective choice of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to choose the small subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I’ll upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly 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 genuinely a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who looks at it. Obviously, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll discover other, a lot 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 an individual from one more portion of the country, or an additional component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some photographs where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, retailers, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by little, shop by store, day by day, factors adjust … and when you’ve been around as extended as I have, it’s even far more wonderful to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did folks genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these each and every-block images five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), I am going to be performing 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 however). Or maybe they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will ultimately make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are an additional obvious example of a time-particular phenomenon and even although I am undoubtedly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did girls genuinely put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more example: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that absolutely everyone has a single, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that everyone 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 possibly be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it very effortless for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot assist wondering no matter whether this kind of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single last point: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise information of each and every day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each day, and the most recent component of my 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL link to Ed’s every single-block progress by means of Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about locations that I need to undoubtedly visit to get some very good 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

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

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