A few good Music Tattoos images I found:

Once upon a time, *all* garbage cans looked like these
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was taken on 54th Street, among 9th Ave and 10th Avenue, on a glaring-bright, but bitter-cold, afternoon in early March 2014.

I never know how long it is been considering that I saw 4 old-fashioned metal garbage cans like this … but it has definitely been at least a handful of years. I suppose there are other examples of this sort of scene about NYC, and most likely other major cities too … but presently, they’re far a lot more most likely to be plastic, and either a dark green, or a dark navy blue.

I assume the new ones are a lot more economical, and more ecological (what ever that implies) … but I kinda miss these old ones.


This set of photographs is based on a quite easy notion: walk every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, walk each sides of the street.

That is 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 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, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there’s a single much more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional numerous 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 photographs, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to pick the modest subset of each and every-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Very first, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no idea when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who appears at it. Naturally, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, far 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 an individual from an additional element of the nation, or another portion of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, shops, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually looking at the pictures about 5 years later, and being stunned by how considerably had changed. Tiny by little, store by retailer, day by day, issues change … and when you have been around as lengthy as I have, it is even much more incredible to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did folks actually put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these every-block photographs 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I am going to be performing my very best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they were taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no notion what we’re calling this decade however). Or possibly 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-distinct image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I never know if I will in the end decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are an additional obvious instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I’m definitely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I will be capable to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely put on shirts like that? Did females genuinely put on these weird skirts that are quick in the front, and extended in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everybody has 1, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious consideration riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (among other factors, that makes it really easy for me to photograph them with out 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 asking yourself whether this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final thing: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of every single day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each day, and the most recent element 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 by way of Manhattan

If you have any ideas about locations that I ought to definitely visit to get some excellent photographs, 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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