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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken at a street fair, close to the corner of Broadway and 57th Street.

The picture speaks for itself… even though I don’t really have a good explanation for this guy’s hat.

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Oct 21, 2013.


This set of photos is based on a very basic concept: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To steer clear of missing anything, stroll both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be a lot more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s much more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, a lot more adventurous photographers.

Oh, in fact, there is one particular a lot more tiny 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 pictures, I will have taken much more than 8,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take pictures. So I never 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 selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to pick the modest subset of every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Initial, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it really is actually 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 photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who appears at it. Certainly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building 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 will be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to somebody from another component of the country, or one more portion of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there might be some pictures where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and being stunned by how considerably had changed. Small by tiny, retailer by shop, day by day, things alter … and when you have been about as long as I have, it really is even a lot more wonderful to go back and look at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did folks genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these every single-block images five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I am going to be doing my very best 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 yet). Or perhaps they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end choose that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are one more apparent example of a time-particular phenomenon and even though I am definitely not a style specialist, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely wear shirts like that? Did females genuinely wear those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has a single, which undoubtedly wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that everyone 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 possibly be going on (amongst other items, that makes it extremely straightforward for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can not support asking yourself no matter whether this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specially 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 issue: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each and every day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it every day, and the most current portion of my each-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 every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s each-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about locations that I need to absolutely visit to get some very good photos, 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 email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

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