Verify out these Woman Tattoos pictures:

New Yorkers calm down when they have a margarita … but delivery guys can get pretty grumpy
Woman Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on Sixth Ave. between Watts &amp Broome


This set of images is primarily based on a extremely straightforward concept: walk each and every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, stroll 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 walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is far more than I am prepared to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, much more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there is one more tiny detail: leave the pictures alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken far more than eight,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus yet another many thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the a variety of spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I don’t anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photos, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective choice of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to select the little subset of each and every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I’ll upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no thought when or exactly where that photo was taken, but it really is actually a terrific image!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, 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, particular landscape icons like the Empire State Creating or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I’ll locate other, a lot 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 a person from one more component of the nation, or yet another element of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photographs exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no concept that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing a variety of shops, retailers, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the photographs about five years later, and being stunned by how considerably had changed. Little by small, retailer by retailer, day by day, things modify … and when you have been about as extended as I have, it is even much more amazing to go back and look at the pictures you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it truly like that back then? Seriously, did individuals truly wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these each and every-block photos five or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I’m going to be performing 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 perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-distinct image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will in the end make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/types are an additional apparent example of a time-particular phenomenon and even even though I’m certainly not a style professional, I suspected that I’ll be capable to appear at some photos ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we actually put on shirts like that? Did ladies really wear these weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

One more instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It appears that every person has one, which undoubtedly wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious focus riveted on this tiny box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (amongst other factors, that tends to make it very easy for me to photograph them with no 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 aid wondering no matter whether this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

If you have any suggestions about places that I need to certainly pay a visit to to get some very good images, 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 …