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A sign of the times: guys utilized to put on hats like these. Effectively, perhaps not the ones on the correct

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A few nice Eye Tattoos photos I discovered:

A sign of the occasions: guys employed to wear hats like these. Properly, maybe not the ones on the right
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on West 4th St. in Greenwich Village.


This set of photos is based on a extremely simple idea: walk each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To avoid missing something, stroll 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 stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s much more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, far more adventurous photographers.

Oh, really, there is one far more small detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken far more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus an additional numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take images. So I don’t count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to select the modest subset of every single-block images that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Initial, I will upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no thought when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who appears at it. Naturally, certain 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, far 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 is not recognizable to an individual from another part of the country, or one more portion of the globe, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may 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/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually hunting at the pictures about five years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Tiny by small, shop by shop, day by day, items modify … and when you have been around as long as I have, it’s even much more amazing to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did folks genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be seeking at these every-block images 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I’m going to be doing my 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 thought what we’re calling this decade however). Or perhaps they will 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-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will ultimately decide that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are another obvious instance of a time-particular phenomenon and even even though I am absolutely not a style specialist, I suspected that I will be able to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did girls actually wear those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more example: I am fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everyone has a single, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious consideration riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (amongst other factors, that makes it quite 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 support questioning no matter whether this type of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

If you have any ideas about locations that I must undoubtedly go to to get some good photos, 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

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

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