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New Yorkers are constantly in a hurry…
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on Fifth Avenue, amongst 41st and 40th Street, in front of the New York Public Library (which is out of sight on the proper side of the image).

At rush hour, Fifth Avenue is a cacophony of noise and confusion — vehicles, taxis, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians are racing in all directions. Even so, you can see that a typical New Yorker is not afraid to zoom down the street on his skateboard…

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Jul 18, 2013.


This set of photos is based on a very basic idea: walk every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To avoid missing anything, stroll 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 a lot more than I’m 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, really, there is one particular more little detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC where I traditionally take photographs. So I never 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 seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to pick the little subset of every single-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Initial, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it is truly a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third includes time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Obviously, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will uncover other, far more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to an individual from yet another element of the nation, or yet another part of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there might be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the images about five years later, and becoming stunned by how significantly had changed. Little by little, shop by retailer, day by day, things alter … and when you’ve been about as long as I have, it’s even far more amazing to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did people really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be looking at these each and every-block pictures five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), 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 concept what we’re calling this decade however). 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 example of such a time-distinct image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll eventually choose that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/types are another apparent instance of a time-particular phenomenon and even though I am certainly not a style professional, I suspected that I will be able to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually wear shirts like that? Did girls genuinely put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everybody has 1, which surely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious interest riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (among other items, that tends to make it quite straightforward for me to photograph them with out 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 assist questioning whether or not this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

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

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

If you have any ideas about areas that I ought to definitely pay a visit to to get some excellent 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 email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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