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He gave me £20, and now he wants to take me residence. I never believe so.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A few good Indian Tattoos photos I discovered:

He gave me £20, and now he wants to take me property. I never believe so.
Indian Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
(More particulars later, as time permits)


I very first visited London 40 years ago this month — en route to Paris where I had been invited to give a seminar on the intricacies of designing on-line pc systems (which was regarded a massive deal in those ancient days of batch mainframe laptop systems). I’ve been back after or twice a year, every year, considering that then so you would feel I would have noticed every single nook and cranny of the city by now.

Not so, as it turns out: the vast majority of my London visits have involved a taxi ride from Heathrow to a hotel, conference center, or consulting client followed by many days of intense function, often in a windowless conference area and then a taxi back to Heathrow. More than the years, I’ve managed to see Brighton, Bath, Bournemouth, and Buckingham Palace I’ve walked about the mysterious stones of Stonehenge I’ve driven via the meadows of the Cotswolds and I’ve even been up to the Isle of Skye. But there are nonetheless an embarrassingly huge quantity of renowned, historic spots that I have not observed in London so on this most recent trip, I decided I need to make a specific work to see at least a couple of them.

I began with Camden Town, which is located a couple miles north-northwest of Charing Cross in the center of the city. Like everything else in London, it has a history: Wikipedia tells us that it got its name from Charles Pratt, the 1st Earl of Camden, that it was laid out as a residential district in 1791, and that it was located on the London canal network. It has turn out to be a tourist attraction these days, with exotic markets and musical venues.

Camden Higher Street runs through the center of all this, and that’s where I spent my time watching people, searching into shop windows, and photographing almost everything that looked interesting. It’s a quick stretch of 1-way street that reminded me a lot of Greenwich Village in New York City: there had been hippies everywhere, with tattoos, body piercings, and wildly-colored dyed hair (green, purple, and chartreuse seemed to be really popular), along with low cost t-shirt and clothing shops, Indian and Chinese meals outlets, and lots of foreign accents from a variety of parts of Europe and Asia.

It took a couple of hours to be confident that I had noticed it all and soon after 400 photographs, I could tell that I was repeating myself, photographing the identical outlandish hippies that I had photographed an hour earlier. I winnowed out 80% of the images, and kept 80 that seemed to capture the spirit of the place.

And possessing noticed it once, I do not think I will want to go back and see it once more if I want to see hippies, it is a lot less difficult to take the subway down to Greenwich Village. But I am glad I saw it, and I will move on next to see what I can locate in Piccadilly Circus.

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.


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 …

Each and every & every person wants a tattoo these days

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Some cool Dragonfly Tattoos photos:

Each and every & absolutely everyone desires a tattoo presently
Dragonfly Tattoos

Image by Zijperspace
Alright, as extended as it suits you well.

Mamma’s Tat
Dragonfly Tattoos

Image by cmoewes

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