A few good Eye Tattoos pictures I identified:

New Yorkers don’t pay significantly consideration to religious posters …
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken in Times Square, between 43rd and 44th Street on Broadway.

I guess this photo will have to speak for itself … I was definitely not in the mood to stroll more than to this group and find out what they have been attempting to accomplish …

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Nov ten, 2013.


This set of pictures is primarily based on a really basic notion: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To keep away from missing anything, walk each sides of the street.

That’s 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 far more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, a lot more adventurous photographers.

Oh, in fact, there’s one much more tiny detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually focus on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken more than eight,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I do not 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 selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to select the modest subset of each-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and 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 actually a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Certainly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will locate other, much 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’s not recognizable to an individual from an additional part of the country, or another element of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photographs exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the images about 5 years later, and being stunned by how significantly had changed. Little by little, retailer by store, day by day, things alter … and when you have been about as long as I have, it’s even far more incredible to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did men and women really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

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

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll eventually determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are yet another apparent instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even though I am undoubtedly not a style expert, I suspected that I will be capable to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did ladies truly wear those weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has 1, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious attention riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may possibly be going on (amongst other things, that tends to make it extremely straightforward 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 support wondering whether this type of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 last point: I’ve produced 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 recent component 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 each day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL link to Ed’s each-block progress by way of Manhattan

If you have any ideas about locations that I should undoubtedly pay a visit to to get some good pictures, 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

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