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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 79th Street and Park Avenue.


This set of images is based on a quite straightforward notion: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To stay away from missing something, walk 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 is more than I am prepared 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, in fact, there’s one particular a lot more modest detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really concentrate on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than eight,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of 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 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 used to pick the tiny subset of each and every-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Very first, I’ll upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no idea when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it is really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Certainly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll uncover other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to somebody from one more part of the country, or one more component of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some images where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photos about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by small, store by retailer, day by day, items adjust … and when you’ve been about as lengthy as I have, it’s even more wonderful to go back and appear at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did men and women really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these every single-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I’m going to be carrying out 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 maybe they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-particular image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll ultimately decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are an additional clear example of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I am absolutely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I will be able to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did women truly wear these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has 1, which surely wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious attention riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that might be going on (among other items, that tends to make it very simple 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 phone conversation). But I cannot assist asking yourself whether this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final issue: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it every single day, and the most current portion 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 and every day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

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

If you have any suggestions about places that I need to undoubtedly check out to get some very good pictures, 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

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