Some cool Music Tattoos images:

John Mayer – Mayercraft 1 – DSC9322
Music Tattoos

Image by Flickred!
John Mayer-Lido Deck Show

New Yorkers can sleep anyplace
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on the &quotBroadway mall&quot median divider between the uptown and downtown lanes of targeted traffic on Broadway, at 87th Street.

Note: this photo was published in a Mar 17, 2014 weblog titled &quotFriend or foe? Social and anti-social benches.&quot


This set of images is based on a quite simple idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, walk each sides of the street.

That’s 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 is much more than I am willing 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 a single more small detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective choice of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to select the tiny subset of each-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Very first, 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 thought when or where that photo was taken, but it really is really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Creating 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’s not recognizable to somebody from another part of the nation, or another portion of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some photographs where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually searching at the photographs about five years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Little by tiny, shop by store, day by day, items adjust … and when you have been around as long as I have, it really is even far more incredible to go back and look at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did people truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be looking at these each and every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, as well), I am going to be performing 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 concept what we’re calling this decade however). Or maybe they’ll 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-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I will in the end determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are an additional clear instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even although I am certainly not a style expert, I suspected that I will be in a position to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely put on shirts like that? Did girls truly put on those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has a single, which certainly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious focus riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that might be going on (amongst other things, that tends to make it really effortless for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, especially if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot assist wondering whether or not this kind of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly 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, a single last point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of every day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it every day, and the most recent part 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any suggestions about areas that I should undoubtedly pay a visit to to get some excellent photographs, 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 email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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