Some cool Love Tattoos pictures:

New Yorkers often buy their coffee from aging hippies …
Love Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 41st Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenue.

The picture speaks for itself…

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Sep 17, 2013.


This set of images is based on a extremely straightforward notion: walk every 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 walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is more than I’m willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, far more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there is one particular much more modest detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken much more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional several 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 pictures, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to choose the tiny subset of each and every-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Very 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 idea 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 requires time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who appears at it. Certainly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will find other, 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 an individual from yet another element of the country, or another part of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some images where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the images about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Small by tiny, store by store, day by day, things alter … and when you have been about as lengthy as I have, it really is even a lot more remarkable to go back and appear at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these each and every-block images 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), 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 notion what we’re calling this decade however). 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-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I never know if I will eventually make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/types are an additional apparent example of a time-particular 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 pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did females really wear those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (amongst other items, that makes it quite simple 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 support asking yourself regardless of whether this kind 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 straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final thing: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most recent 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL link to Ed’s every single-block progress via Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about places that I must certainly check out 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 e-mail me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

Bring some colour back!
Love Tattoos

Image by CharlesFred
Back with the gypsies from just soon after Christmas – this 1 is showinghis tattoo of Basl al-Assad, the elder brother of the President, Bashar al-Assad. Basil died tragically in a automobile accident and is nevertheless significantly loved by (many of) the men and women of Syria.