Some cool Music Tattoos photos:

At least New Yorkers never have to explain what this constructing is …
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo of the Empire State Creating was taken from a small pedestrian seating area on Broadway and 22nd Street, just south of Madison Square Park, which starts at 23rd Street…

There’s practically nothing specific about this photograph, but it does assist to emphasize how significantly to constructing dominates the landscape, no matter exactly where you are in Manhattan. Indeed, it even dominates the landscape when you appear at the silhouette of Manhattan workplace buildings as you drive in by means of the swamplands of New Jersey, from the NJ airport (what ever it’s getting referred to as these days) to the Large Apple.

Just because it dominates the landscape does not imply that individuals spend all of their time hunting up at it in slack-jawed amazement. As you can see from this photo, practically everybody is sitting out in the sunshine, enjoying themselves, whilst the Empire State Building looms over them in the background…

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Oct 23, 2013.


This set of pictures is primarily based on a quite straightforward notion: walk each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, walk both 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 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, a lot more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there is one a lot more modest detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken much more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC 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 will be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to pick the tiny subset of each-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Very first, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who appears at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will uncover other, 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 an individual from one more portion of the nation, or an additional element of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may be some photographs where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no concept 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, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and being stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by little, retailer by retailer, day by day, items adjust … and when you’ve been about as extended as I have, it’s even a lot more remarkable to go back and appear at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals truly wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these every single-block photos 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, as well), I am going to be performing my ideal 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 however). Or possibly 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 example of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are yet another apparent instance of a time-particular phenomenon and even although I’m definitely not a style professional, I suspected that I will be in a position to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did women genuinely wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another example: I am fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that absolutely everyone has one particular, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious focus riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may possibly be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it quite easy for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot help questioning whether or not this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last thing: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each and every day, and the most current element 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 link

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

If you have any ideas about places that I need to undoubtedly check out to get some good 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 straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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