A couple of good Music Tattoos images I identified:

An inspirational sidewalk sign that most New Yorkers just stroll over
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 41st Street, in between Madison and Fifth Avenue.

The picture speaks for itself…


This set of photos is primarily based on a extremely easy idea: walk every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To keep away from missing something, walk both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

Oh, really, there’s one particular a lot more small detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken much more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC where I traditionally take pictures. So I do not anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I’ll be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to select the little subset of every single-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Very first, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals 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 location, and the third entails time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Certainly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will uncover other, far more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be capable to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to somebody from an additional component of the country, or another element of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photographs where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually looking at the images about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Small by small, retailer by shop, day by day, items change … and when you’ve been about as long as I have, it is even a lot more remarkable to go back and look at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did people genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be hunting at these each-block photos five or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I am going to be undertaking 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 yet). Or maybe they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-particular image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will ultimately make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are one more obvious instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even although I’m undoubtedly 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 truly wear these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has 1, which undoubtedly wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious interest riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (amongst other things, that makes it quite simple for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can not support asking yourself whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final point: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each day, and the most recent component 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 day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every-block progress by way of Manhattan

If you have any ideas about locations that I should definitely check out to get some excellent images, 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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