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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on 48th Street, among 10th and 11th Avenue. The photo quite much speaks for itself…

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Apr 13, 2014.


This set of pictures is primarily based on a extremely straightforward notion: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To keep away from missing anything, stroll each sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be a lot more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s far more than I am willing 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 1 more tiny 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 pictures, I will have taken a lot 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 different spots in NYC where I traditionally take pictures. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I will be able to make an objective choice of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to select the tiny subset of every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Initial, I’ll upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no concept when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is really a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I will take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who appears at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will find other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to an individual from an additional element of the country, or another component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there might be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, retailers, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually searching at the photographs about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Tiny by tiny, retailer by shop, day by day, items change … and when you have been about as lengthy as I have, it really is even far more remarkable to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did people genuinely put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be searching at these each-block photos five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I am going to be doing 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 yet). Or possibly they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/types are an additional obvious example of a time-specific phenomenon and even though I am definitely not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be able to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely put on shirts like that? Did women truly put on those weird skirts that are short in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one particular, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that everybody 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 be going on (amongst other things, that makes it very easy 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 telephone conversation). But I can’t support questioning whether this kind of social behavior will look 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 straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 last factor: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each and every day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it each 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 each day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any recommendations about locations that I should absolutely visit to get some great 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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