It’s Alright Ma …

Travel theme: Merchandise

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Made everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It’s easy to see without looking too far
That not much
Is really sacred.

I don't wanna be famous ...
Fruits Salad
Hoodies and hats

Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you’re the one
That can do what’s never been done
That can win what’s never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.

Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)


  1. LaVagabonde · September 18, 2014

    Love this set, Robin. Very clever editing. The top one is my favorite.

    • northumbrianlight · September 18, 2014

      Thanks Julie, mine too – mostly because the street seller was so keen not to be photographed. Immediately makes you suspicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. doublewhirler · September 18, 2014

    Familiar scenes with a nice twist!

    • northumbrianlight · September 18, 2014

      Many thanks – yes, almost too familiar, so I felt obliged to dabble in Photoshop ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. mark · September 19, 2014

    Excellent Robin, I really like this as a whole for various reasons. Firstly the use of Photoshop in a very creative and positive way a very good example of how to turn a good photo into an excellent photo, it’s very similar to the effect that giving a poem a different title can have. But you’ve got to know that it’s possible in the first place.
    Also I like how the words from Dylan are appropriate to what you have done in the pictures, which yet again enhances the pictures even further.
    And finally (actually you could probably guess this), I absolutely love that Dylan song and funnily enough just happened to be listening to it yesterday. It’s not on his best album but I would say for me that as regards lyrics alone it is his best song that he has ever written.

    A masterclass in how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts, hats off to you good Sir.

    • northumbrianlight · September 19, 2014

      Many thanks for your generous comments Mark. More than the Stones or the Beatles, the early Dylan albums were the soundtrack to my teenage years – yes, I am that old! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved his acoustic sound but unlike some Mancunians (the Free Trade Hall concert) I was passionate about his electric stuff – Blonde on Blonde was just so good that I did my utmost to adopt a look and style based on the cover – something I only gave up as the hair started to thin ๐Ÿ™‚

      The pictures are from a 2012 trip to NY where, of course, we passed through Greenwich Village, just by the steps where the guide claimed he wrote Time They Are a Changin.

      Have a great weekend.

  4. restlessjo · September 19, 2014

    Dylan was one of my first loves, Robin, and I love your latest ‘trick’, performed beautifully here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • northumbrianlight · September 19, 2014

      Excellent Jo, I just knew you were a lady of good taste! As a teenager I was obsessed by his look, his music and his attitude … and he can still write mesmerising lyrics. Many thanks for the kind comments.

  5. socialbridge · September 20, 2014

    Wonderful. Thanks for such a great post. Adore Bob Dylan but the photos add so much.

    • northumbrianlight · September 20, 2014

      Many thanks, he is still one of the best after all these years. I saw a recent interview with Joan Baez – “Are you still in touch with Bob Dylan?” – Joan – “Nobody is in touch with Bob Dylan” ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Cindi · September 20, 2014

    Marvelous series of images — I love the Photoshopped aspects!

  7. Malin H · September 22, 2014

    A perfect combination!
    And I love the images!

    • northumbrianlight · September 22, 2014

      Many thanks Malin – Bob Dylan has inspired me to do many things, some of them good ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Malin H · September 22, 2014

        My pleasure, Robin!
        And gotta love Dylan!

  8. Tish Farrell · September 26, 2014

    Excellent post, Robin, and with one of my favourite Dylan songs too! Love the moody shots and your splashes of colour.

    • northumbrianlight · September 26, 2014

      Many thanks Tish – all these years later I can still sing along to every line (not that I would recommend being nearby at the time ๐Ÿ™‚ ) . Among the many, Positively 4th Street is my absolute favourite – someday I must find some images to do it justice.

      • Tish Farrell · September 26, 2014

        Oh I used to play and play Positively 4th Street. Those were the days!

      • northumbrianlight · September 26, 2014

        It will never age – just like us ๐Ÿ˜€

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