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New Yorkers sometimes like the little, private modes of transportation … alternatively of large, white, anonymous buses

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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New Yorkers occasionally like the little, private modes of transportation … alternatively of huge, white, anonymous buses
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, hunting east along 42nd Street.

I had incorporated it as one of the massive pile of 40,000 miscellaneous pictures that I decided to upload from my pc archives to Flickr a month or two ago, but didn’t really feel that it was specific sufficient to warrant being shown as a &quotpublic&quot photo. However, one particular of my loyal Flickr fans has graciously &quotfaved&quot the photo, so I’ve changed its status to public …

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This set of images is primarily based on a very easy notion: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To steer clear of missing something, walk both 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 stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s more than I’m prepared 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 is a single a lot more small detail: leave the pictures alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than 8,000 photos on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I never count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to choose the little subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it really is actually a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any individual who looks at it. Clearly, certain 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, much more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to somebody from one more portion of the country, or an additional element of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may possibly be some pictures exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea 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, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how a lot had changed. Little by small, shop by retailer, day by day, issues modify … and when you’ve been around as lengthy as I have, it really is even much more incredible 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 really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these each-block photos 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I am going to be carrying out my best 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 thought 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 instance of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I never know if I will eventually make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are one more apparent instance of a time-specific phenomenon and even though I am definitely not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did females genuinely put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and lengthy 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 appears that everyone has 1, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious focus riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (among other items, that tends to make it very easy for me to photograph them with no their even noticing, especially if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I cannot support questioning regardless of whether this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … specially if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

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

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

If you have any ideas about places that I must definitely check out to get some great 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

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

New York fathers sometimes leave their families outside although they go inside to get a dignified cup of coffee…

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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New York fathers sometimes leave their families outdoors while they go inside to get a dignified cup of coffee…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was taken on Madison Avenue among 77th and 78th St.

If you want to know much more about the Sant Ambeous restaurant, gelateria, and expresser bar, their web site is at

www.santambroeus.com/sa_madison_avenue.html

If you happen to be also lazy to appear at the site, let me give you a rapid summary (are not you glad you asked?): the original Sant Ambroeus opened in Milan in 1936. As you most likely currently knew, Sant Ambroeus is the name, in Milanese dialect, of Sant’Ambrogio, the patron saint of Milan.

Born in 334 A.D. (when we have been all considerably younger and somehow survived without iPhones), Ambrogio (who had grown up to turn into a regional governor and lawyer) was appointed bishop of Milan in the year 374. Recognized as the &quotreluctant bishop&quot because he became bishop by common demand rather than individual inclination, he successfully ran the city of Milan for close to 20 years.

A skilled orator and demagogue, Ambrogio campaigned against Paganism and Arianism. (I have no concept what Arianism is, but most of the pagans I’ve known have been fairly cool.) His most renowned convert, St. Augustine, proclaimed him to be a &quotmodel bishop.&quot Alas, Ambrogio ultimately died (as I’ve been told we all will someday) in 397 A.D., at the age of 63. His feast day is celebrated on December 7th (in a country where no one pays any interest to Pearl Harbor Day), the date when he was made bishop. To this day, the Milanese usually refer to themselves as &quotAmbrosiani&quot, in honor of Sant Ambroeus…

… all of which is lost upon most uncivilized Americans — but most likely not the well-dressed family shown in this photograph. You are going to be pleased to find out that Sant Ambroeus also has locations in the West Village, Southampton, SoHo, and Loews Regency Hotel. Take your pick.

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Mar 7, 2014.

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This set of images is primarily based on a really straightforward idea: 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 more ambitious, you could also stroll 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, really, there’s one particular far more little detail: leave the images alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly focus on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot pictures, I will have taken more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photographs. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to pick the tiny subset of every single-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. 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 thought when or where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who looks at it. Certainly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will discover other, far more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to somebody from yet another part of the nation, or another portion of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may be some pictures where a &quotnon-neighborhood&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I don’t forget wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, stores, restaurants, and enterprise establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about five years later, and becoming stunned by how much had changed. Small by tiny, shop by store, day by day, items modify … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it 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 individuals truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

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

Film posters are a trivial example of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I will in the end decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/designs are one more obvious instance of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I am certainly not a style expert, I suspected that I will be able to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we really put on shirts like that? Did ladies actually put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one, which certainly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their whole conscious consideration riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (among other items, that makes it very straightforward 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 telephone conversation). But I can’t help wondering whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 last point: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise specifics of every day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each and every day, and the most recent part of my 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 and every day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about places that I need to definitely check out to get some great 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

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

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