Verify out these Eye Tattoos pictures:

At times it’s hard to tell what’s going on when you see a group of men and women in NYC …
Eye Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on W. 4th close to Bank


This set of photos is primarily based on a quite easy idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To avoid 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’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there is one particular far more tiny detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take pictures. So I never count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be capable to make an objective choice of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to choose the little subset of every single-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, I will upload any photo that I consider 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’s actually 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 photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who looks at it. Certainly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will locate other, a lot 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’s not recognizable to an individual from one more part of the country, or yet another part of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some pictures exactly 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 bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually hunting at the images about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Small by small, store by store, day by day, items change … and when you have been about as long as I have, it really is even more wonderful to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did folks genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be searching at these every-block photographs five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), I’m going to be undertaking my greatest 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 idea what we’re calling this decade yet). Or maybe they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years soon after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will eventually choose that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are another apparent instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I’m certainly not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did women genuinely wear those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has 1, which definitely wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious consideration riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may well be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it extremely simple 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 can not support wondering no matter whether this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular last point: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every single day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it every day, and the most current 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 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 recommendations about locations that I must certainly pay a visit to to get some good images, 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 email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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