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Karen Stuebing | profile | all galleries >> Desolation Row tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Desolation Row

Bob Dylan recorded this epic song in 1965 on his first electric album, "Highway 61 Revisted." It highly allegorical and there have been many interpretations.

For me, Desolation Row can be a place, a collection of people, a judgement or a state of mind.

You may find yourself on Desolation Row. I did. You may know people there. I do.

But one thing is true. "Nobody has to think too much about Desolation Row." Unless, like me, your camera takes you there.

I shot these images using a Mamiya RB67 with the Mamiya Sekor 150mm Soft Focus lens. I did it purposely to counteract the dark lyrics of the song and to add a sense of attraction to Desolation Row.

It may have worked too well. However, all the usual suspects loved their photos.

I may add new photos in the future but this is the bulk of the gallery now.

Disclaimer: All people appearing in this gallery are for character portrayal only. Any resemblance of the individuals to those in the lyrics is purely coincidental.


The Song
The Song
Let me Begin with the End
Let me Begin with the End
They're Selling Postcards of the Hanging
They're Selling Postcards of the Hanging
The Beauty Parlor is Full of Sailors
The Beauty Parlor is Full of Sailors
The Circus is in Town
The Circus is in Town
Here Comes the Blind Commissioner
Here Comes the Blind Commissioner
Cinderella
Cinderella
In Comes Romeo
In Comes Romeo
You're in the Wrong Place, My Friend...
"You're in the Wrong Place, My Friend...
After the Ambulances Go
After the Ambulances Go
Sweeping Up on Desolation Row
Sweeping Up on Desolation Row
The Fortune Telling Lady
The Fortune Telling Lady
Except for Cain and Abel
Except for Cain and Abel
Expecting Rain
Expecting Rain
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan
He's Getting Ready for the Show
He's Getting Ready for the Show
He's Going to the Carnival Tonight...
He's Going to the Carnival Tonight...
Ophelia
Ophelia
Though Her Eyes are Fixed Upon Noah's Great Rainbow...
Though Her Eyes are Fixed Upon Noah's Great Rainbow...
Einstein
Einstein
Then He Went off Sniffing Drainpipes..
Then He Went off Sniffing Drainpipes..
She also Keeps the Cards that Read...
She also Keeps the Cards that Read...
If You Lean Your Head Out Far Enough
If You Lean Your Head Out Far Enough
They've Nailed the Curtains
They've Nailed the Curtains
They're Getting Ready for the Feast
They're Getting Ready for the Feast
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
Skinny Girls
Skinny Girls
The Superhuman Crew
The Superhuman Crew
Then They Bring Them to the Factory
Then They Bring Them to the Factory
And then the Kerosene
And then the Kerosene
By Insurance Men
By Insurance Men
Check to See that No One is Escaping...
Check to See that No One is Escaping...
The Titanic Sails at Dawn
The Titanic Sails at Dawn
Which Side are You On?
Which Side are You On?
And Fishermen Hold Flowers
And Fishermen Hold Flowers
Where Lovely Mermaids Flow
Where Lovely Mermaids Flow
Nobody has to Think too Much..
Nobody has to Think too Much..
As Lady and I Look Out Tonight..
As Lady and I Look Out Tonight..