Growing up, I typically favored watching old black & white movies from the 30s, 40s and 50s, over most of the current shows of that time.
Thinking back how captivated by the old classics I was, often staying awake late at night and into the early morning sometimes, just to watch films that weren’t shown during prime time. There was always something especially dramatic, (and even scary at times) about the more darker black and white gangster style movies of that era known as Film Noir.
In this recent project, I photographically explore the subject and style of Film Noir.
Some primary characteristics of that cinematic genre include: Low Key Lighting which is used to create Dark dramatic shadows, A despondent mood with alienation and bleakness, corruption and hard core underworld characters, and typically a villainous femme fatale character.
The Femme Fatale archetype is seductive and exudes feminie sexuality. She is mysterious, manipulative and a very dangerous woman who uses her charms to get what she wants and in the process leads her lovers into deadly situations.
Despite her ambiguous morals, her magnetic ability to entrance men in bonds of irresistible desire is her ultimate power.
The character archetype is in itself another subject to explore. Perhaps another project in the future would be to look at some of the different females who were associated with the “Femme Fatale” label through history and create my own interpretation inspired by them.