A few good Music Tattoos pictures I identified:

New Yorkers like to paint their fire hydrants…
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Riverside Drive, between 73rd and 74th Street. It speaks for itself…

Note: I chose this as my photo of the day for Aug 17, 2013.


This set of images is primarily based on a really easy concept: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To steer clear of missing something, stroll each sides of the street.

That is 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 a lot more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there is one far more little 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 pictures, I will have taken far more than eight,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 exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I never anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I will be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to choose the little subset of every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it is genuinely a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who looks at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll find other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be capable to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to an individual from one more portion of the country, or another component of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photographs exactly where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually searching at the images about five years later, and being stunned by how significantly had changed. Tiny by small, store by retailer, day by day, factors modify … and when you have been around as lengthy as I have, it’s even far more amazing to go back and look at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did people really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be seeking at these every-block pictures five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I’m going to be carrying out my greatest 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 but). Or maybe they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will eventually determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are yet another obvious instance of a time-particular phenomenon and even although I’m definitely not a style specialist, I suspected that I will be in a position to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did females actually put on these weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one, which certainly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious interest riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may well be going on (among other items, that makes it really 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 aid questioning whether this type of social behavior will seem 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 straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final factor: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise information of every day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it every single day, and the most recent 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

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

If you have any recommendations about locations that I ought to undoubtedly check out to get some excellent photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little 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

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