Friday Noir: Prophets And Fools

Jersey Noir_Nothing Man

Winners and losers, turn the pages of my life.

We’re beggars and choosers, with all the struggles and the strife. I got no reason to turn my head and look the other way.

We’re good and we’re evil. Which one will I be today?

There’s saints and sinners. Life’s a gamble and you might lose

There’s cowards and heroes Both have been known how to break the rules

There’s lovers and haters. The strong and the weak will all have their day

Are you happy now with all the choices you’ve made?

Are there times in life when you know you should’ve stayed?

Will you compromise and then realize the price is too much to pay?

Winners and losers, which one will you be today?

There’s a a light and a dark side standing at the crossroads.

There we’ll meet.

There’s prophets and fools there. The lies and the truths, will be at our feet.

I got a reason to turn my head and look the other way.

It’s heaven and hell here, which one will I live today?


Kind of of a dark, moody photo backed by some dark, moody lyrics by the Southern California punk band Social Distortion. The song is called called Winners & Losers, which they recorded back in 2004.

While I often use Bruce Springsteen lyrics as the jumping off point for some of my Jersey Noir photography, SocialD also give me inspiration with their down-and-out lyrics. Lead singer/songwriter Mike Ness has unique insights into the darker, seedier sides of life, and many of his SocialD lyrics read like vignettes of noir to me.

I had originally intended this photo to go with Springsteen’s Nothing Man. But that song, the lyrics, are really about 9/11 and it’s impact on the survivors. I have Winners & Losers on my MP3 player, and it often comes up when I run. As I listened to it, it really sounds to me like a Bogart movie synopsis.

And, I processed it a little differently than my normal B&W noir images. I think it fits though.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

3 thoughts on “Friday Noir: Prophets And Fools

  1. Very cool and different photo there, Mark. You’re barely recognizable in this one. Definitely more ‘gritty’ than your norm, and even more retro. Looks like a still from a very old film.

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