A couple of good Love Tattoos images I discovered:

New Yorkers really like bicycles – even if they aren’t CitiBikes
Love Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Frederick Douglas Circle &amp 110th St.


This set of images is based on a quite easy notion: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To stay away from missing anything, walk 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 stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s a lot more than I am 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, really, there’s 1 a lot more modest detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken a lot more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photographs. So I do not expect 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 select the tiny subset of each-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly 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 entails time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Naturally, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing 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’s not recognizable to a person from yet another part of the country, or one more component of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some images exactly where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, retailers, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Little by tiny, retailer by shop, day by day, things change … and when you have been around as extended as I have, it is even far more amazing to go back and appear at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did individuals really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be looking at these every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I’m going to be performing my very 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 idea what we’re calling this decade but). 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 instance of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are another obvious instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I am certainly not a style expert, I suspected that I will be in a position to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did females truly put on those weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has 1, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that might be going on (amongst other items, that tends to make it extremely effortless for me to photograph them without 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’t aid wondering whether this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each day, and the most current component 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 day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s each-block progress by means of Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about places that I must undoubtedly pay a visit to to get some excellent 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 email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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