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Everybody thinks New York City is crowded and noisy. But it can also be a calm, quiet location …
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on the corner of Charles Street and Greenwich Street, in the west Village …

The picture speaks for itself…

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Oct 29, 2013.


This set of photographs is based on a really straightforward notion: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. 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 much more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is far more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there’s one far more modest detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken far more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I don’t anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to select the little subset of every-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Initial, I’ll upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no concept 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 will take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who appears at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will uncover other, a lot more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be in a position 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 nation, or yet another portion of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how a lot had changed. Small by small, shop by retailer, day by day, items adjust … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it is even a lot more amazing to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did folks actually put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be hunting at these each-block pictures five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), I am going to be doing my very best 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 perhaps they will 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-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll ultimately choose that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are an additional obvious instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even even though I’m undoubtedly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did girls actually put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that every person has a single, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (amongst other factors, that makes it very easy for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can not aid wondering regardless of whether this type of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular last factor: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of each day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it every day, and the most current portion of my each-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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s each-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any ideas about places that I ought to definitely check out to get some great 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

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