A couple of good Music Tattoos pictures I located:

New Yorkers typically do a greater job of keeping their tie beneath control…
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken seeking southwards down 8th Ave, as I was walking west on 50th Street towards the Hudson River…

It was quite darn cold outside, so I do not know why the man wasn’t wearing a coat. Certainly, possibly he had been wearing a coat, and his wild tie tore it off his shoulders and blew it away in the wind …

(BTW, note the bike lane on the proper side of this photo — courtesy (I consider) of our preceding Mayor Bloomberg. New York drivers don’t like such issues, which exist in many of the north-south NYC avenues, due to the fact it obviously takes up one complete lane of the street. And pedestrians are often a small nervous that they are taking their lives in their hands when they step off the sidewalk, since they never know which way NYC’s wild, manic bicyclists may well in fact be riding. )

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Apr 11, 2014.


This set of pictures is primarily based on a very basic idea: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To steer clear of missing something, walk each sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

Oh, in fact, there is 1 a lot more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken much more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC where I traditionally take photographs. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, 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 modest subset of every-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no concept when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s truly a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Obviously, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll find other, 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 an individual from one more portion of the country, or one more part of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photographs where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Little by small, shop by store, day by day, items adjust … and when you have been around as extended as I have, it’s even far more wonderful to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did people genuinely 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 perhaps you will be, as well), I’m going to be performing 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 thought what we’re calling this decade yet). Or perhaps they will 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-specific image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll eventually determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are another obvious instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even although I’m certainly not a fashion specialist, I suspected that I will be in a position to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely wear shirts like that? Did females actually wear those weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has a single, which definitely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious consideration riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (amongst other factors, that makes it very simple for me to photograph them with no their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t aid questioning whether or not this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

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

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

If you have any recommendations about areas that I must definitely 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 e-mail me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

Beats Antique – Royale Boston – 9/20/12
Music Tattoos

Image by GregPC