Friday Noir: The Forgotten And The Lost

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Pull it out, turn it up, what’s your favorite song?
That’s mine, I’ve been crying to it since I was young
I know there’s someone out there feeling just how I feel
I know they’re waiting up, I know they’re waiting to heal
And I’ve been holding my breath,
Are you holding your breath, for too many years to count?

It wasn’t supposed to go down like this.

In sickness and in health.

To have and to hold.

Happily ever after and all that crap.

And we waited for sirens that never come
And we only write by the moon, every word handwritten
And to ease the loss of youth and how many years I’ve missed you
Pages plead forgiveness, every word handwritten

Then…it all fell apart.

First the loot ran out. Then you ran out.

Well, I can’t just sit here, right?

Couldn’t just let you go, right?

Let it out, let me in, take a hold of my hand
There’s nothing like another soul that’s been cut up the same
And did you wanna drive without a word in-between?
I can understand, you need a minute to breathe
And to sew up the seams… after all this defeat

Defeat is right. What’s the opposite of winning?


And I’m in Losing Time right now.

Here, in the dark, I cherish the moonlight
I’m in love with the way you’re in love with the night
And it travels from heart, to limb, to pen.

The gat’s on the table, the sawed-off in the closet.

I can’t just let you – and it – and him – go right?

We’re the forgotten and the lost.

Until the action slides simple and true….

And we waited for sirens that never come
And we only write by the moon, every word handwritten
And with this pistol, I thee wed
From my heart to your distress


Been sitting on this one for awhile. I first conceived this back in October for a photo challenge, DEDPXL07, that Zach Arias put out there.

When I was really getting into photography a few years ago, I used to do a lot of the photo challenges that UTATA would put out on their Flickr page. In fact, that’s how my noir photography started, as a result of one of those challenges,about six years ago.

These challenges are fun because your give parameters and you have to work within a certain constraint, and make something happen, be creative, tell the story.

So, I conceived the above photo, not necessarily to be noir, but to be dramatic. Simple goose-neck desktop light was my key light. Knew I wanted to go B&W with it, of course. Oddly, there wasn’t too many black and white ones in the DEDPXL challenge when I posted it. Thought more people would have went this way.

And, as I run, the song Handwritten by New Jersey-based band, The Gaslight Anthem, often comes up on my player. Love the melody and the lyrics. Brian Fallon is one of the best songwriters out there now, and this one has such a melancholy theme. Thought it would be fun to work this into the image. Here’s Brian doing the song acoustically. I altered the last stanza slightly to fit my needs though. I’m allowed.

As an epilogue to this…Zach and his wife reviewed all the submissions for DEDPXL07 in a real-time video. It’s long, but they come to my show around the 1:20:51 mark (yeah, that’s the 1 HOUR mark – they had 300 submissions.) My shot got a grunt from Zach, and then….silence. He says that’s necessarily a bad thing, but in the end I didn’t make the Top 10 cut.

Anyway, it was fun to think up and execut, and it’s fun to post it for today’s Friday Noir.

Let me know what you think!

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2015

2 thoughts on “Friday Noir: The Forgotten And The Lost

  1. Pingback: 30 Days of Noir: Day 17 ~ The Forgotten And The Lost | JerseyStyle Photography

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