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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, hunting east along 42nd Street.

I had incorporated it as one of the massive pile of 40,000 miscellaneous pictures that I decided to upload from my pc archives to Flickr a month or two ago, but didn’t really feel that it was specific sufficient to warrant being shown as a &quotpublic&quot photo. However, one particular of my loyal Flickr fans has graciously &quotfaved&quot the photo, so I’ve changed its status to public …


This set of images is primarily based on a very easy notion: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To steer clear of missing something, walk both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

Oh, actually, there is a single a lot more small detail: leave the pictures alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I never count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to choose the little subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it really is actually a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll find other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to somebody from one more portion of the country, or an additional element of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by small, shop by retailer, day by day, issues modify … and when you’ve been around as lengthy as I have, it really is even much more incredible to go back and appear at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it actually 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 each-block photos 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I am going to be carrying out 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 thought what we’re calling this decade yet). 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 already taken a bunch, and I never know if I will eventually make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are one more apparent instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even though I am definitely not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did females genuinely put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everyone has 1, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious focus riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (among other items, that tends to make it very easy 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 telephone conversation). But I cannot support questioning regardless of whether this kind of social behavior will seem 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 last factor: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most current component 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 and every day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any ideas about places that I must definitely check out to get some great pictures, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little 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

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