A few nice Music Tattoos images I discovered:

This is how New Yorkers hail a taxi
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken at 87th Street and Central Park West.

The &quottwo-finger salute&quot is a typical way of hailing a taxi in New York City, and that’s exactly what this young lady was undertaking. A moment or two after I took this photo, a taxi pulled up and stopped — and she got in, and sped away.

The guy on the right does not appear to be extremely impressed with this typical show of New York behavior …

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Jul 25, 2013.


This set of photographs is based on a very simple notion: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing anything, walk each sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

Oh, truly, there’s one particular a lot more tiny detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken far 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 exactly where I traditionally take photographs. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, 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 used to choose the tiny subset of each and every-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I’ll upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and 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 really a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who appears at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, a lot 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’s not recognizable to somebody from yet another element of the country, or one more portion of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some pictures where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, shops, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually hunting at the images about 5 years later, and being stunned by how a lot had changed. Small by small, shop by shop, day by day, issues change … and when you have been about as lengthy as I have, it’s even much more remarkable to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did individuals actually put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these every-block images five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I’m going to be carrying out my very 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 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.

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-particular image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll eventually determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are yet another apparent instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I’m absolutely not a fashion expert, I suspected that I will be in a position to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really put on shirts like that? Did females truly wear those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one, which definitely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that everyone 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 well be going on (among other things, that makes it really simple for me to photograph them without their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can not aid asking yourself regardless of whether this type of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final factor: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it every single day, and the most current 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 and every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL link to Ed’s each-block progress via Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about locations that I must absolutely pay a visit to to get some very good photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little 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

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