A couple of good precise machining pictures I discovered:
I didn’t anticipate to see this ode to technologies in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan …
Image by Ed Yourdon
…but following I uploaded the photo to my pc, I noticed the "Speck" sign. These guys (whose site you can locate at www.speckproducts.com) make acrylic situations for laptops, tablets, smartphones I adore the one I’ve got for my MacBook Pro.
The photo was taken on 15th Street and 9th Avenue.
Note: I chose this as my "photo of the day" for Jun 25, 2014.
This set of photographs is based on a extremely straightforward notion: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what takes place. To steer clear of missing something, stroll each sides of the street.
That’s all there is to it …
Of course, if you wanted to be far more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is much 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 particular much more little detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually concentrate on the initial of these "every-block" pictures, I will have taken much more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the different spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take images. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the "every-block" photos, and hope that I will be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth seeking at.
As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to choose the tiny subset of each-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. Initial, I’ll upload any photo that I believe is "great," and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-buddies will be, "I have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it really is truly a terrific image!"
A second criterion has to do with location, and the third involves time. I am hoping that I’ll take some images that clearly say, "This is New York!" to anybody who looks at it. Obviously, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Developing 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 in a position to take some shots that will make a "local" viewer say, "Well, even if that is not recognizable to a person from an additional portion of the country, or an additional component of the planet, I know that that’s New York!" And there may be some pictures where a "non-regional" viewer may say, "I had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so exciting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular."
As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually hunting at the pictures about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Tiny by little, store by shop, day by day, things modify … and when you’ve been about as long as I have, it’s even much more incredible to go back and look at the photographs you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, "Was it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did men and women truly wear bell-bottom jeans?"
So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these each and every-block pictures 5 or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, also), I’m going to be doing my ideal 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 idea what we’re calling this decade but). Or possibly they will just say to us, "This is what it was like a dozen years following 9-11".
Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-certain image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll ultimately make a decision that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/types are one more obvious instance of a time-particular phenomenon and even though I’m absolutely not a fashion professional, I suspected that I’ll be able to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, "Did we genuinely wear shirts like that? Did females actually put on those weird skirts that are brief in the front, and long in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?"
Yet another example: I am fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that every person has 1, which undoubtedly wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious focus riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (among other items, that makes 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 phone conversation). But I can not help questioning whether this type of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have grow to be so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.
Oh, one particular last issue: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of each and every day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it every single day, and the most current portion 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 every single day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link
If you have any ideas about locations that I should certainly visit 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com
Remain tuned as the photo-stroll continues, block by block …