A couple of nice Eye Tattoos images I discovered:

It costs a fortune to raise two youngsters in NYC. That’s why the lady is frowning …
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Lexington and 78th St.


This set of photos is based on a extremely basic concept: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To avoid missing vanything, walk both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s far 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, actually, there is one much more small detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken far more than eight,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take pictures. So I do not 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 selection of the ones worth searching at.

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

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some images 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 will uncover other, far 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 someone from another component of the nation, or an additional component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some images where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, shops, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how considerably had changed. Tiny by little, shop by shop, day by day, things modify … and when you’ve been about as long as I have, it really is even much more incredible to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be hunting at these every single-block photographs 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I’m going to be carrying out 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 however). Or perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will in the end make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are another apparent instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even although I am definitely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did girls actually wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious focus riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (among other items, that tends to make it quite easy for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, especially if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I cannot help questioning whether or not this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular last point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every single day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it every single 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about locations that I need to definitely pay a visit to to get some 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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