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New Yorkers believe the concept of a “smoothie” is extremely, quite funny
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Lexington, in between 69th and 70th


This set of photographs is primarily based on a very simple concept: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To steer clear of missing vanything, walk both 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 a lot more than I am 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, really, there’s a single a lot more small detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I never expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

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

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who appears at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll discover other, far 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 someone from one more portion of the country, or another element of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may be some photos where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about five years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Little by small, store by store, day by day, factors change … and when you have been around as long as I have, it is even much more remarkable to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did folks really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be seeking at these every single-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I am going to be undertaking my 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 yet). Or perhaps 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-particular image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are one more clear example of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I am absolutely not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I will be in a position to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did women actually put on those weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everybody has one, which surely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious interest riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (amongst other issues, that tends to make it very straightforward 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 cannot help wondering whether or not this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 final thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each day, and the most current portion 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 and every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

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

If you have any recommendations about areas that I must certainly visit to get some excellent 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

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