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New York’s version of Lawrence of Arabia

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

A couple of nice Eye Tattoos photos I identified:

New York’s version of Lawrence of Arabia
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 110th Street, in between Amsterdam and Broadway. The picture speaks for itself…

Note: this photo was published in a November 12, 2013 New York Taxi Finder weblog, with the exact same title and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

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This set of photographs is primarily based on a extremely simple idea: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To steer clear of missing something, stroll each sides of the street.

That is 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 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, truly, there’s 1 much more little detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken much more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I never expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to select the small subset of each-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no notion when or where that photo was taken, but it’s truly a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Clearly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Constructing or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, a lot 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 somebody from one more portion of the country, or another part of the globe, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some images exactly where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the images about five years later, and getting stunned by how significantly had changed. Tiny by tiny, retailer by store, day by day, items change … and when you have been about as lengthy as I have, it is even far more incredible to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did men and women actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these each and every-block photographs 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I’m going to be carrying out 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 notion what we’re calling this decade yet). Or perhaps they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll eventually decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are another clear example of a time-specific phenomenon and even although I am absolutely not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be capable to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did girls truly put on those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one particular, which undoubtedly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that 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 well be going on (among other things, that tends to make it very straightforward for me to photograph them with no 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’t help wondering whether this type of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final factor: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each and every day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it every single day, and the most current part of my each-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 hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about locations that I need to undoubtedly pay a visit to to get some 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 straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

New Yorkers like their coffee … even in the afternoon
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken just right after 5 PM, on the south side of 42nd St, among 6th and 5th Avenue. Behind the fence is Bryant Park …

To be totally sincere, I have no idea why these two guys have been carrying trays with multiple cups of coffee. But from the green wrapper around the cups, I’m quite certain that they purchased their coffee at a little snack shop about half a block behind them, at the northwest corner of Bryant Park …

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This set of photographs is based on a very straightforward notion: stroll every single 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 stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s 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, in fact, there’s a single 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 pictures, I will have taken a lot 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 numerous spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I do not expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, 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 utilized to select the tiny subset of each and every-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, 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 thought when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s genuinely a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I will take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Naturally, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will discover other, a lot 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 one more part of the nation, or yet another portion of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer may 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 keep in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually searching at the images about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Small by tiny, shop by store, day by day, factors modify … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it is even a lot more remarkable to go back and appear at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did men and women actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these every-block photographs 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, as well), I’m going to be performing my 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 notion what we’re calling this decade yet). Or maybe 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-particular image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are one more apparent instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I am certainly not a style expert, I suspected that I will be able to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did ladies truly wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another example: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everybody has a single, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (among other things, that makes it really 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 this type of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final point: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most current element of my each-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 day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every single-block progress via Manhattan

If you have any recommendations about areas that I need to definitely pay a visit to to get some very good photographs, 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 email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

New Yorkers will put a hammock just about anywhere
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on Commerce Street, in between 7th Ave South, in between Becford and LeRoy St, in Greenwich Village. The woman is in a hammock that’s stretched out on the second-floor terrace of a creating, above a restaurant or bar …

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This set of photographs is primarily based on a quite easy concept: stroll each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, walk both 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’s more than I am prepared to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there’s one particular a lot more little detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken a lot 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 different spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective selection of the ones worth seeking at.

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

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third entails time. I’m hoping that I will take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who looks 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 will locate other, far more unexpected examples. I hope that I will 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 another portion of the nation, or yet another component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photographs where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer may well say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually seeking at the photos about five years later, and being stunned by how considerably had changed. Little by small, retailer by shop, day by day, items adjust … and when you’ve been around as extended as I have, it really is even a lot more incredible to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these each-block images 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, as well), I am going to be performing my greatest 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 notion what we’re calling this decade however). Or perhaps 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 will in the end decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are one more clear instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even although I’m certainly not a fashion expert, I suspected that I will be in a position to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did girls truly wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and lengthy in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that men and women have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everybody has one particular, which undoubtedly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious consideration riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (amongst other factors, that makes it very simple 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 telephone conversation). But I can not assist wondering whether this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular final point: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it every day, and the most current part of my each-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-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any ideas about locations that I ought to absolutely check out to get some good images, 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 …

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