Friday Noir: Dirty Redemption

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There are saints.

There are sinners.

Who are the winners, really?

You get tired.

After a while, you really do.

The knot of hundies in your pocket, bound by a thick rubber band turns smaller.

Becomes a small fold of twenties.

The gambles, the hustles, the grifts…they take their toll.

The dame who ran off some other mug, and some of your cabbage.

Good riddance. Who need either. Was slowing you down anyway.

But the rain keeps battering your lid, you can feel the stones of the street under your thin wing-tipped soles.

Soles? Or Souls?

Where’s you’re soul?

Almost makes you want to pull open those big doors and seek redemption.

Redemption from these dirty streets.

Nah, not for you. You got yourself into this, you’ll get yourself out.

May mean blazing with the gat, but it’ll happen.

Dirty redemption, indeed.

Know any other kind?

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I had to drop a Friday Noir on this the last Friday of May. Seems appropriate since Bard Constantine’s new book, The Most Dangerous Dame, launched a few days ago (big congrats to BC!) You’ll notice the character on the cover of the book – another tremendous effort by designer Stefan Prohaczka by the way – is a little similar to today’s image. Both images were from the same shoot, so a nice tie in.

Also, if you get the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in June and July, they will have Summer of Darkness every Friday. Basically a film noir festival, with some really great films being shown. It’s these movies, and the writings of Chandler, Hammett, Cain, etc., that I get much of my inspiration. If you enjoy the genre and get TCM, be sure to check it out.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Burger Burger

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Getting this one in under the wire of National Hamburger Day.

Shot this about four years ago as part of my Little Fingers Gallery Series personal project. When Liv was still our first born, I started to photographer her little hands doing various things. Kept it up for a good five years or so.

Here, she was enjoying a burger down the Jersey Shore. We had just come off the Spring Lake beach and stopped at the Circus Drive-In on Route 35 in Wall, NJ. People call it the “creepy clown place” because of the odd clown on the sign but they have darn good food.

Especially burgers.

This image seemed fitting for today.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Memorial Day 2015

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“On the ground dog tags and wreaths of flowers, with the ribbons red as the blood
Red as the blood you spilled in the Central Highlands mud
Limousines rush down Pennsylvania Avenue, rustling the leaves as they fall
And apology and forgiveness got no place here at all, here at The Wall….”
~ Bruce Springsteen, The Wall.

Today marks the unofficial start of summer…to most people.

To me, it marks two things:

1) A day to remember all the men…like my Dad and my father-in-law….and women who served our country in times of war and peace. They’ved helped make the United States the greatest country in the world.

2) The official start of Summer. Yes, when I’m King of The World, I’m making Memorial Day the official start of summer, summer solstice be damned.

We’ll be marching in the hometown parade today, grilling some sausage and spending time with some friends. Here’s to a great summer, everyone.

And here’s to remembering what today is all about.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review 05 | 23 | 15

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It’s about this time of the year – when we here in the United States are kicking off Memorial Day Weekend – that I start belting out that Barry Manilow classic “Looks Like We Made It!”.

Well, the chorus anyway. I’ve never really listened to the other lyrics, but when he belts out “Looks Like We Made It!” that’s how I feel this about this weekend. We made it though another long Winter and chilly Spring. We’re on the cusp of summer – long warm days, beautiful evenings, soft light. Ice cream.

It all starts today. Me and my best gal are headed into the big city to have dinner and see a show. Tomorrow, some brunch, then head back to NJ.

Sunday evening, shooting Noir At The Bar NJ – Round Two, and then we’re having a BBQ on Monday with some friends.

From there, we slide into Summer.

Looks like we made it, indeed.

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This Week’s Links:

* Best YouTube channel I’ve found in a long time.

* New Shanghai Center of Photography

* RIP Dean Potter.

* Fun Q&A with Joe McNally

* How Eddie Van Halen hacks a guitar.

* “If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” ~ David Foster Wallace

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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