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A sign of the instances: this woman is not singing to her music, but talking on her cell telephone
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 40th Street, among Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

By now, we’ve observed adequate scenes like this that most of us would quickly agree that the woman is certainly carrying on a conversation on her iPhone, and not singing.

But for those of us who have been around for numerous decades prior to these iWhatever gadgets appeared, it still requires a moment to approach the scene and consciously recognize what is going on …


This set of photographs is primarily based on a really basic concept: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To stay away from missing anything, 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 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, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there’s 1 much more small detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken far more than 8,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I never count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I’ll be capable to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to choose the little subset of each and every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it really is actually a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I will take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Naturally, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll discover other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be capable to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to someone from an additional part of the nation, or another portion of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may 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 don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, stores, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually searching at the photos about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Little by small, shop by shop, day by day, items change … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it’s even far more amazing to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &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 searching at these every single-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I’m going to be carrying out my best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they were 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 right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are yet another obvious example of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I am absolutely not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did ladies truly put on those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everybody has one particular, which definitely wasn’t correct a decade ago and it seems that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious interest riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (among other issues, that makes it extremely simple for me to photograph them with no 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 not support wondering no matter whether this type of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final issue: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it every single day, and the most recent component 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 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 locations that I ought to absolutely go to to get some very good photos, 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

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