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A New Yorker’s reaction: subsequent time, it’s *my* turn to pay it forward
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken near the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 24th Street

The picture speaks for itself …

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Jan 24, 2014.


This set of photographs is primarily based on a very basic concept: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To steer clear of missing something, stroll both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

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

Oh, in fact, there is one much more modest detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken more than 8,000 photos 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 pictures. So I do not 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 searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to select the small subset of each and every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no notion when or where that photo was taken, but it really is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll discover other, a lot more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be capable to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to a person from one more part of the country, or yet another part of the globe, I know that that is New York!&quot And there might be some pictures 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/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, stores, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually searching at the photographs about five years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Small by tiny, store by store, day by day, issues alter … and when you have been about as lengthy as I have, it is even more remarkable to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did men and women really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these every-block photos 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I am going to be doing my ideal 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 concept what we’re calling this decade however). Or maybe they will 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 do not know if I’ll in the end determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are an additional apparent example of a time-distinct phenomenon and even although I’m certainly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I will be in a position to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did girls actually put on those weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has a single, which undoubtedly wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious focus riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it really effortless for me to photograph them with no 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 assist questioning regardless of whether this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final factor: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise information of each and every day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each day, and the most recent part 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 every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

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

If you have any recommendations about places that I should definitely go to 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 email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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