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When we consume outside at restaurants, we like to bring our dogs along

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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When we eat outdoors at restaurants, we like to bring our dogs along
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Image by Ed Yourdon
I am sorry to say that I did not even write down the name of this restaurant, but I can tell you that it really is located on the west side of Broadway, between 104th and 105th St.

But it is a scene you will see all over NYC, and I don’t know how distinctive it is to the Huge Apple … for the moment, anyway, I never recall seeing it anyplace else.

When the weather is nice, lots of New Yorkers patronize restaurants where they can eat outside, at tables that are taking up some of the sidewalk space in between the buildings and the street. In many cases, the tables are &quotexposed&quot to whatever kind of pedestrian visitors (including bums, crazies, and beggars) who may be wandering up the street. In this case, the restaurant proprietor actually put up a small picket fence.

… and it’s outside the picket fence where the dogs are expected to sit patiently, whilst their owners spend a lengthy period of time consuming their meal, enjoying a beer, or just chatting with 1 one more. If they’re fortunate, the dogs will get an occasional nibble of meals, or maybe a pat on the back.

Notice that in this case, one of the owners also brought along a metal bowl, presumably to be filled with water (contrary to whatever rumors you may possibly have heard, we don’t feed beer to our dogs).

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This set of photos is primarily based on a extremely straightforward concept: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To avoid missing anything, walk each sides of the street.

That is 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’s a lot more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there’s one particular a lot more tiny detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly focus on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I will be able to make an objective choice of the ones worth seeking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to choose the modest subset of every single-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no notion when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is truly a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Certainly, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Creating 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 in a position 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 portion of the country, or another portion of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no notion 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 around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by tiny, shop by retailer, day by day, items adjust … and when you’ve been about as long as I have, it’s even much more wonderful to go back and appear at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did people really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these every-block images five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, as well), I’m 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 notion what we’re calling this decade however). Or perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-distinct image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll eventually decide that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are yet another obvious instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even although I am absolutely not a style professional, I suspected that I will be in a position to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really wear shirts like that? Did females actually wear those weird skirts that are short in the front, and extended in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that everyone has one particular, which undoubtedly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it seems that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious interest riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (among other items, that makes it extremely effortless 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’t support asking yourself whether or not 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 put on, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

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

URL link to Ed’s each and every-block progress via Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about places that I ought to certainly pay a visit to to get some very 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 …

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