Some cool Music Tattoos pictures:

New Yorkers like CitiBikes so much that they’re popping up everywhere …
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Broadway, among 60th and 61st Street.

The picture speaks for itself…

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This set of pictures is primarily based on a really straightforward notion: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing anything, walk both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is 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, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, really, there’s 1 more tiny detail: leave the pictures alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken far more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to select the tiny subset of each and every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I will upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no thought when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who appears at it. Certainly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will discover 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 is not recognizable to a person from one more component of the nation, or yet another part of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there might be some photos where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, shops, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about five years later, and getting stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by small, store by shop, day by day, things adjust … and when you have been around as extended as I have, it’s even more amazing to go back and appear at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did people really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be seeking at these every single-block images 5 or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, also), I’m 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 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 soon after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll ultimately choose that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are an additional clear instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even even though I’m absolutely not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely put on shirts like that? Did girls really wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has a single, 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 little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (amongst other issues, that makes it really straightforward 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 assist asking yourself whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

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

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

If you have any recommendations about areas that I need to definitely visit to get some good images, 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 e-mail me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

Factors do not usually make sense in New York City
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was taken on the southeast corner of 51st Street and 8th Avenue.

I am not certain what was going on right here (why was the woman wearing blue rubber gloves? what on earth was in the plastic bag, and why did it have to be pushed so cautiously? why was that single key attached so carefully to the rolling walker? why does the man on the left have a blue suitcase, when every person knows that such issues are supposed to be black in NYC?), but you usually see items on the streets of New York that make no apparent sense at all.

If I had asked the woman what was going on, I am confident she could have explained it to me. But she may well also have been annoyed by the interruption, and I wasn’t in the mood to be yelled at. Sometimes it is ideal to just shrug, and maintain on moving…

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This set of pictures is primarily based on a really easy idea: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To stay away from missing anything, walk each sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be far more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s far 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, actually, there is one more small detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken far more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to pick the small subset of every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I’ll 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 notion when or where that photo was taken, but it’s actually a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third includes time. I’m hoping that I will take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who looks at it. Certainly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll locate 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 is not recognizable to an individual from yet another part of the nation, or an additional portion of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some images exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about five years later, and being stunned by how considerably had changed. Small by small, shop by retailer, day by day, things change … and when you’ve been around as extended as I have, it really is even much more remarkable to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did men and women actually put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these every single-block photos five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), I’m going to be undertaking my ideal 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 idea what we’re calling this decade but). Or perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years soon after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will in the end determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/designs are yet another apparent example of a time-certain phenomenon and even though I’m certainly not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really put on shirts like that? Did women genuinely wear those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has one, which undoubtedly 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 tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may well be going on (among other items, that makes it very effortless 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 phone conversation). But I can not help asking yourself whether this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final issue: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise details of every day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it every day, and the most recent portion 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 and every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL link to Ed’s each and every-block progress by means of Manhattan

If you have any ideas about places that I need to certainly check out to get some very good 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 …