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Every person who lives in NYC desperately wants to skateboard up and down Park Avenue …

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Some cool Fire Tattoos images:

Absolutely everyone who lives in NYC desperately wants to skateboard up and down Park Avenue …
Fire Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on 94th Street and Park Avenue…

Once upon a time, a long lengthy time ago, I lived on Park Avenue for a couple of years just before moving back to the Upper West Side (from whence I had come prior to venturing east to Park Avenue). But I never did personal a skateboard.

But 1 guy that I knew (a quiet, conservative investment banker throughout the day) once rode his bicycle up the middle of the &quotfire lane&quot in Park Avenue at midnight in a drunken stupor, stark naked, whooping and hollering at the leading of his lungs. Amazingly, he got back residence just before any police arrived on the scene.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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This set of photographs is primarily based on a quite easy concept: walk every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what occurs. To steer clear of missing something, walk both 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 more than I am 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, really, there’s a single a lot more small detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly focus on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken much more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take images. So I do not expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I will be able to make an objective choice of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to choose the small subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. First, 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 idea when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s genuinely 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 anyone who appears at it. Obviously, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll find 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 is not recognizable to a person from another component of the nation, or yet another element of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, shops, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually searching at the pictures about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Little by tiny, store by shop, day by day, things 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 images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals really put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be searching at these every single-block images five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I’m going to be undertaking my very best 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 concept what we’re calling this decade but). Or possibly 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-particular image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end determine that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are one more obvious instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I am definitely not a style 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 actually put on shirts like that? Did females actually put on these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone 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 focus riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it quite simple for me to photograph them with out 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 help asking yourself whether this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single final point: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each and every day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it each day, and the most recent component 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 exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any recommendations about areas that I should undoubtedly go to to get some good 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 straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

Snowstorm on Fifth Avenue

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A few good Star Tattoos pictures I discovered:

Snowstorm on Fifth Avenue
Star Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was taken near the NW corner of 5th Avenue and 15th Street.

Initially, I thought that this was a photo worthy of uploading to Flickr it trivially survived my initial editing cuts of 1-star, two-star, and 2-star ratings. Certainly, I liked it enough to boost it up to four stars … nearly very good sufficient to justify uploading.

I have to admit that I’m partial to snowstorms (even although it was bitter cold, and not significantly enjoyable to in fact be out there in the middle of this mess!), and I liked the power and mystery (or however you may possibly describe it) connected with the partnership of the couple.

But I truly didn’t like the stray segment of someone’s leg behind the lady in the foreground … and even though I could have Photoshopped it out (well, it’s truly named &quotcloning&quot in Aperture, but you get the point), I just didn’t feel sufficiently motivated to do it.

And possibly that’s since, right after staring at the photo for very a extended while, I decided that the couple wasn’t genuinely that intriguing. Of course, I say that without having possessing the faintest thought of who they are, or what they have been undertaking on the street. I am confident they are wonderful individuals — and for all I know they’re married or engaged or whatever … but, in the end, they just didn’t convey sufficient of whatever unique New York-based &quotlook&quot I’m searching for.

So … here it is, in the Flickr set of losers. Sorry about that, people maybe I’ll treat you much better next time I take your photograph.

Note: argh. A few minutes after I uploaded the photo, a single of my &quotFlickr friends&quot marked this photo as a &quotfavorite.&quot So, by my personal bizarre and slightly irrational self-imposed rules, I’m going to alter the status of the photo to &quotpublic.&quot Sorry about that …

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

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, far more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there’s a single a lot more little detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken a lot more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. 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 employed to pick the little subset of every single-block pictures 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-pals will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I’ll take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Naturally, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll locate other, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll 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 nation, or one more part of the globe, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some photos where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, shops, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Little by little, store by retailer, day by day, things alter … and when you’ve been about as extended as I have, it really is even more wonderful to go back and look at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did people actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be hunting at these each-block images five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, as well), I am going to be undertaking 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 thought what we’re calling this decade however). Or maybe 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 example of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll in the end make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are another apparent example of a time-certain phenomenon and even even though I am definitely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to look at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did girls really put on these weird skirts that are quick 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 people have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one particular, which surely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (amongst other items, that tends to make it very easy 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 support asking yourself no matter whether this kind of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … specially 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 last issue: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise information of every single day’s photo-stroll. I’ll be updating it every single day, and the most recent part of my each and 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 link

URL hyperlink to Ed’s each and every-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any recommendations about locations that I need to certainly go to to get some great pictures, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your tiny 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 …

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