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A sign of the times: countdown clocks at the targeted traffic interfactions
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on the corner of Amsterdam and 96th Street.

These countdown clocks have been appearing at targeted traffic intersections all over Manhattan in the course of the last year or two. It’s a straightforward notion, and for all I know, it might turn out that each and every other massive city in the globe has had them for years and years … But in any case, it has been a major improvement for pedestrians trying to scurry across the street just before being knocked more than by oncoming traffic …

Note: this photo was published in an Aug 14, 2014 weblog titled &quot20 choses que les Américains font mieux que les Français.&quot

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This set of images is based on a quite basic notion: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To stay away from missing something, stroll each sides of the street.

That’s 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 more than I am willing 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 one much more modest detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take photographs. So I do not expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I will be in a position to make an objective choice 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 3. Very first, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no notion when or where that photo was taken, but it really is genuinely a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will uncover other, far 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 is not recognizable to someone from another element of the nation, or an additional element of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may be some photos where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually searching at the photos about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how considerably had changed. Tiny by small, store by store, day by day, issues modify … and when you have been around as lengthy as I have, it’s even a lot more amazing to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did folks truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

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

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-distinct image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll in the end choose that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/types are one more apparent instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even though I am definitely not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did women truly wear those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one particular, which surely wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious consideration riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that might be going on (amongst other things, that makes it extremely simple for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, especially if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t help wondering no matter whether this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 last thing: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it each and 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 every single day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

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

If you have any recommendations about places that I must undoubtedly check out to get some excellent images, 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

A sign of the instances: even moving trucks have QR codes now
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 80th Street amongst West End Avenue and Broadway.

When I initial saw this scene, I was puzzled: was that in fact a QR code on the left side of the truck?

Indeed it was! I walked more than to the truck, began up the QR reader app on my iPhone, and pointed it at the display on the truck … and lo and behold, it immediately took me to the very same site you see displayed in the middle of the truck’s side: www.ozmoving.com

I do not know why the moving company thought it was so crucial to use a QR code, but there it is …

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Aug 22, 2013.

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This set of photographs is based on a very easy idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. 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 a lot more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s more than I am willing 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, actually, there’s one particular far more little detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken far more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I never expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I will be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to select the little subset of every single-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it really is truly a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I will take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who appears at it. Clearly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will discover other, a lot 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 an additional element of the nation, or an additional portion of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may be some photographs exactly where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about 5 years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Small by small, retailer by shop, day by day, items modify … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it really is even more amazing to go back and appear at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did individuals truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be looking at these every single-block images 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), 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 concept what we’re calling this decade yet). Or perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific 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/styles are yet another clear instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I am undoubtedly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did ladies truly put on these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has one, which undoubtedly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious attention riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that might be going on (among other issues, that tends to make it quite easy for me to photograph them without their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot assist wondering whether or not this kind 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 put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each day, and the most current component of my each and 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 every 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 places that I must definitely pay a visit to to get some excellent 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 e mail me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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