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A sign of the times: we used to worry about where our little ones were at 10 PM, not 9 AM

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

A few nice Eye Tattoos images I identified:

A sign of the occasions: we utilized to be concerned about exactly where our youngsters had been at ten PM, not 9 AM
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on 80th Street, between Amsterdam and Broadway.It’s on the side of a pay-telephone booth, operated by some random company named &quotTitan.&quot

Years ago, we employed to switch our Television to Channel five at 10 PM, to watch a summary of the day’s neighborhood (NYC) news — which consisted mainly of a summary of the shootings, stabbings, robberies, rapes, and random mayhem inflicted by maniacal taxi drivers. The news segment usually began with a brief industrial showing some shifty-eyed teenage kid who was obviously performing anything illegal, with a somber voice-over that stated, &quotIt’s ten PM — do you know exactly where your little ones are?&quot And we would always shout back at the Tv, &quotThey’re asleep, you moron!&quot

Now we never see these commercials any much more. Apparently, what’s important now is no matter whether your children have bothered to show up for college at 9 AM. Nobody cares where they are, or what they’re performing, at ten PM.


This set of photographs is primarily based on a quite basic concept: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To stay away from missing anything, stroll both sides of the street.

That’s 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 is much more than I’m willing 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 a single more little detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I in fact concentrate on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take images. So I don’t anticipate 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 selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to choose the little subset of every single-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. 1st, I’ll upload any photo that I believe 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 is really a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third entails time. I am hoping that I’ll take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who looks at it. Naturally, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Creating 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 is not recognizable to a person from another part of the nation, or one more component of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may well be some pictures where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/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, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually seeking at the pictures about 5 years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Small by tiny, shop by store, day by day, things adjust … and when you’ve been around as lengthy as I have, it is even far more amazing to go back and appear at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did folks truly put on bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be searching at these every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, too), I am going to be doing my greatest 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 idea what we’re calling this decade however). Or maybe they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11&quot.

Film 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 make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are one more apparent example of a time-distinct phenomenon and even although I’m definitely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely put on shirts like that? Did females truly put on those weird skirts that are quick 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 folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that absolutely everyone has a single, which definitely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (among other things, that tends to make it really simple for me to photograph them without having their even noticing, especially if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can not help wondering no matter whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, 1 last thing: I’ve produced a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of every single day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it each 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 hyperlink

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

If you have any ideas about areas that I need to certainly check out to get some excellent 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 straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

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