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New Yorkers fundamentally don’t know what Halal food is, when it very first showed up in NYC, or why it is “different” … but they enjoy it.
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 53nd Street in mid-town Manhattan, at the corner of 7th Avenue. Of course, you’d know that if you looked very carefully at the street sign on the appropriate-center portion of this photo …

I have to admit that I’ve by no means bought any food from a Halal food-stand (which have popped up all more than Manhattan in the previous handful of years), and thus have no concept what sort of meals it is for some purpose, I believed it was a form of Indian curry. But according to Wikipedia, &quotHalal is an Arabic word meaning ‘lawful’ or ‘permissible.’ Halal foods are foods that Muslims are allowed to consume or drink below Islamic Shariʻah. The criteria specify each what foods are permitted, and how the meals must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue.&quot

There is far more, but I won’t bore you … if you actually need to have to know the information, you can discover them right here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halal

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

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This set of photos is primarily based on a extremely simple notion: walk every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To keep away from missing anything, stroll each sides of the street.

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

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

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

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third requires time. I am hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will uncover other, 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 is not recognizable to a person from yet another component of the nation, or yet another component of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photos where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually searching at the pictures about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Small by tiny, retailer by retailer, day by day, items adjust … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it’s even much more amazing to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did people truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these each-block images five or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I’m going to be doing 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 concept what we’re calling this decade yet). Or maybe they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-distinct image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll eventually make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/types are another apparent example of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I’m definitely not a style professional, I suspected that I’ll be able to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did ladies really put on those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I am fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has one, which definitely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious interest riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (among other items, that makes it quite simple for me to photograph them with no their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t assist questioning whether this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final thing: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each day, and the most current part 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 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 suggestions about areas that I should definitely check out to get some excellent images, 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

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

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