A handful of good Music Tattoos photos I discovered:

A sign of the occasions: possibly “black” is no longer the universal colour for NYC women’s dresses …
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on the north side 104th Street, between Broadway and West Finish Avenue (WEA is in the background, exactly where you see the visitors light).

On second thought, it is quite attainable that what we’re seeing here is a &quotsummer&quot style of clothing far more than a &quotNYC&quot style that’s replacing the universal black dress worn by most NYC women…

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

That is 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’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, a lot more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there’s one more tiny detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually focus on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken much more than 8,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I do not anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to select the little subset of each-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, I will upload any photo that I feel is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no idea 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 requires time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual 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’ll discover other, far 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 someone from an additional component of the country, or one more component of the globe, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well 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 intriguing/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about five years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Little by little, store by store, day by day, issues modify … and when you have been around as lengthy as I have, it’s even more wonderful to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did individuals genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be seeking at these each-block photographs 5 or ten years from now (and maybe 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 but). Or possibly they’ll 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-particular image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately determine that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/types are one more clear instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even although I’m undoubtedly not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really wear shirts like that? Did females really put on these weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has one particular, which undoubtedly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it seems that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious interest riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may well be going on (amongst other items, that makes it very straightforward for me to photograph them without having 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 wondering whether this sort of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … especially 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 last point: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of each day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each day, and the most recent 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 each day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every single-block progress by means of Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about areas that I ought to absolutely go to to get some very good 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

New York children are crazy about scooters…
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was taken on the northwest corner of Madison and 87th Street…

Another photo that almost made it … but not fairly. I liked the power of the girl and her father … and whilst I know that it was a father and daughter, because I was there on the scene (how else do you believe the photo got taken, huh?), I feel most viewers would come to the exact same conclusion …

But I ultimately decided that I did not genuinely like the appear on the girl’s face (not intended as a criticism at all — you need to see the stupid appear that I have on my face on those rare occasions when I attempt riding a scooter, which usually ends with me flat on my back on the sidewalk …)

And I decided that even though it was interesting to see the girl with her father, there wasn’t actually anything specific going on. I guess you might figure out that this was all happening in NYC by hunting at the bus on the left side of the photo … but there is definitely practically nothing else that &quotspeaks&quot to the notion of a NYC-centric view of the universe.

Oh, effectively, they can’t all be winners.

Note: hmm … 1 of my Flickr close friends decided to &quotfave&quot this photo, for which I’m very appreciative. And so I’ve decided to make it public, just in case anybody else desires to see it too.

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This set of images is based on a quite basic idea: stroll 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 a lot more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is much more than I’m 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, in fact, there’s 1 far more small detail: leave the pictures alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact focus on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken a lot more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take photographs. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I will be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to pick the tiny subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no concept when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is truly a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third requires time. I am hoping that I’ll take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who looks at it. Clearly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Developing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll discover other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be capable to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to a person from yet another component of the country, or an additional part of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the pictures about five years later, and getting stunned by how significantly had changed. Little by tiny, shop by retailer, day by day, factors adjust … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it really is even a lot more incredible to go back and appear at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did individuals actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be searching at these every-block pictures five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I am going to be doing 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 concept what we’re calling this decade however). Or maybe they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I’ll ultimately make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are yet another obvious example of a time-specific phenomenon and even even though I’m definitely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did females truly wear those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one, which undoubtedly wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may possibly be going on (among other factors, that makes it very 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 cannot support questioning no matter whether this kind of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 final thing: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every single day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it every single day, and the most current component 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 single 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 recommendations about places that I must undoubtedly check out to get some excellent pictures, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little 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-stroll continues, block by block …