A handful of good Music Tattoos photos I found:

New Yorkers are pretty big on the idea of love
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken at 6th Avenue and 55th Street…

I have no notion who the guy is, standing next to the huge sign. I feel he was posing for a photo taken by other family members, who were standing near me when I decided to take the photo.

Note: I chose this as met &quotphoto of the day&quot for Dec 16, 2013.

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This set of photos is primarily based on a really basic idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To stay away from missing something, walk both sides of the street.

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

Oh, truly, there’s one particular more little detail: leave the pictures alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC 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 seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to pick the little subset of every single-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. 1st, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s actually a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third entails time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll locate other, 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’s not recognizable to someone from one more portion of the country, or another element of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photographs exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually searching at the images about five years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Small by small, shop by shop, day by day, items change … and when you have been around as lengthy as I have, it really is even far more remarkable to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did folks really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, as well), I’m 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 possibly 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-particular image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll eventually determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are an additional clear example of a time-certain phenomenon and even although I’m undoubtedly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I will be able to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did ladies truly wear these weird skirts that are quick in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did absolutely everyone 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 every person has one particular, which undoubtedly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that 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 might be going on (among other items, that tends to make 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 telephone conversation). But I can not help questioning whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final point: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise information of every single day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each 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 where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about areas that I ought to absolutely go to to get some great images, 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 email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

New Yorkers like tiny bikes that fold up into something you can carry
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Broadway and 78th Street, In the background on the left, you can see the church that occupies the northwest corner of Broadway and 79th Street.

The image speaks for itself…

Not everyone rides a tiny little fold-up bike like this one, but they seem to be getting much more and far more well-known. It really is the sort of thing you can ride to the office (specially if you have a death-want attitude about navigating on the streets of NYC!), and then fold up and take into your office. It really is not the sort of point you would possibly want to have for a hundred-mile journey, but for a one particular-mile &quotcommute&quot from property to the office, it is just fine.

Meanwhile, there is the other extreme: the fanatics who purchase thousand-dollar racing bikes that weigh less than a pound (or so it appears) and that are amazing for racing up the Swiss Alps for the duration of the Tour d’France … but most likely not so wonderful for navigating the streets of Manhattan.

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This set of pictures is based on a really easy concept: walk every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To keep away from missing something, stroll each sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

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

Oh, in fact, there is one a lot more tiny detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC where I traditionally take photographs. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to choose the modest subset of each and every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Very first, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is really 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 anyone who looks 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 locate other, much 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’s not recognizable to somebody from an additional element of the country, or an additional component of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how significantly had changed. Little by tiny, retailer by shop, day by day, things modify … and when you have been around 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 your self, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did individuals truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, too), I’m going to be doing 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 concept what we’re calling this decade but). Or possibly they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I will ultimately choose that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are another apparent instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even although I’m certainly 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 genuinely put on shirts like that? Did ladies genuinely wear those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that absolutely everyone has a single, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious interest riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may possibly be going on (among other issues, that tends to make it very simple for me to photograph them without 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 support questioning regardless of whether this kind of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most recent element 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 each day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about places that I should certainly pay a visit to 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 straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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