A few good Music Tattoos pictures I identified:

This is how numerous New Yorkers buy their fresh fruit and veggies
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Columbus Avenue, among 89th and 90th Street.

Who knows how fresh these baskets of fruit genuinely are. But the fruit carts are on virtually every single corner — not just in the obvious seasons of spring, summer time, and fall, but sometimes all winter as well …


This set of photos is primarily based on a very basic concept: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing something, walk both 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 is far more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, really, there’s one particular much more tiny detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken much more than eight,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I never 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 choice of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to choose the modest subset of each and every-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, 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 notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I’ll take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll discover other, a lot more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to somebody from an additional part of the country, or an additional portion of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may possibly be some images exactly where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, retailers, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Tiny by little, shop by store, day by day, issues modify … and when you’ve been about as long as I have, it’s even a lot more amazing to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be hunting at these every single-block photos 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I am going to be doing my greatest 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 idea what we’re calling this decade yet). Or possibly 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-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll in the end make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are another apparent example of a time-particular phenomenon and even even though I am undoubtedly not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did ladies truly put on these weird skirts that are quick in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one particular, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (among other factors, that makes it quite effortless 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 phone conversation). But I can not help asking yourself whether or not this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of every day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each day, and the most current portion of my every single-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 where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about areas that I need to definitely pay a visit to 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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