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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken near the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and 27th Street.

The image speaks for itself …

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Jan 25, 2014.


This set of pictures is based on a really simple concept: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To stay away from missing something, 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 a lot more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, in fact, there is 1 far more tiny detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly focus on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I never anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I will be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to pick the modest subset of each and every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. 1st, I’ll upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no notion when or where that photo was taken, but it’s genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Obviously, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, far more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to a person from another component of the nation, or yet another portion of the globe, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some photographs exactly where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the pictures about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Little by tiny, shop by store, day by day, things change … and when you have been around as lengthy as I have, it really is even a lot more wonderful to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did individuals really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

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

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-particular image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will ultimately decide that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are another clear example of a time-particular phenomenon and even though I’m absolutely not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I will be in a position to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really wear shirts like that? Did females truly wear these weird skirts that are quick in the front, and extended in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has 1, which surely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious focus riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that might be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it extremely straightforward for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I cannot aid questioning whether or not this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final issue: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise information of every single day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it every 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 via Manhattan

If you have any recommendations about areas that I need to definitely pay a visit to to get some great 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 straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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