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Two guys on the street…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was taken close to the corner of 5th Avenue and 42ndStreet, on a dark gloomy day in late January 2014.

Sigh … one more loser indeed, this one didn’t survive previous the 3-star edit of the large batch of photos I took on this day.

I am almost certainly like a lot of photographers, in the sense that I see potentially interesting scenes out of the corner of my eye, and merely fire off a bunch of shots during the brief second or two that the scene is &quotavailable&quot. (In this case, both guys passed by me a second or two right after this photo was taken.)

I’m not truly positive what was registering in my thoughts when I decided to take the shot, but I think it was the impression that possibly it was a father and son walking along the street with each other. Except they really weren’t &quottogether&quot, as soon as I got a slightly greater glimpse of them. It is not that I expected them to be holding hands, or walking arm in arm … but they would have been somewhat closer together. Even in New York, where individuals basically never like to be anyplace near yet another human getting.

I might have been attracted by the almost-unconscious awareness that the old man had a cane, possibly thinking that it would make him somewhat more &quotinteresting&quot from a photographic viewpoint.

Certainly, I might well have been pondering a thousand other random thoughts … and given that I deliberately avoid even searching at my images until a month after they had been taken, I truly have no idea whatsoever about what may possibly have been going by means of my mind.

When I created the first pass by means of the a number of hundred photographs that I had taken on that cold January afternoon, a bunch of them disappeared because they have been technically unsalvageable — e.g., blurred beyond recognition. This photo survived that very first round of eliminations, and even created it past the 2nd round of eliminations, after which I really take a closer look to see what is going on …

… and at that point, I decided that this photo was merely … properly, for lack of a far better word: boring. That does not imply the two men and women are boring (who knows — they may possibly be). It just signifies that the photo was boring, in the sense that it does not say anything, or communicate something, actually special or interesting or unusual.

So here it sits, in the &quotloser&quot set on Flickr. C’est la vie.

Note: uh oh. Less than a minute soon after I uploaded the photo as a &quotfriends and household&quot-restricted photo, one particular of my Flickr pals selected it as a &quotfavorite.&quot Argh. Okay, so now it has the dubious honor of getting changed into a &quotpublic&quot photo. Nicely, I do not think the photo deserves such a compliment, but I will take it. I am just a sucker for flattery … :)


This set of photos is primarily based on a quite straightforward concept: walk each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To stay away from missing something, stroll both 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 much 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, really, there’s 1 much more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I don’t anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to select the modest subset of each-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. 1st, I’ll upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s truly a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Certainly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll discover other, much 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 an individual from an additional element of the nation, or another part of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may be some photos where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer may possibly 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 don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually looking at the images about five years later, and being stunned by how considerably had changed. Little by small, shop by retailer, day by day, items modify … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it really is even more wonderful to go back and look at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did individuals truly 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 possibly you will be, too), I’m going to be carrying out my ideal to capture scenes that convey the sense that they have been 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’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-distinct image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will in the end decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are an additional apparent example of a time-particular phenomenon and even even though I’m undoubtedly not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did women genuinely wear those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has one particular, which definitely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious consideration riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (amongst other items, that makes it extremely effortless for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t support asking yourself regardless of whether this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last factor: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise information of every day’s photo-walk. 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about areas that I ought to undoubtedly visit to get some 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

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

Music Tattoos

Image by Abby Gillardi
Ben Nichols, of Lucero, playing at the Open Highway Festival at Off Broadway on August 11, 2012.