Photographing Chloe in Film Noir Style


Chloe captured in film noir style. 

film ˈnwär/ film noir

noun: film noir
a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilde.

"Out of The Past" (1947), a film noir movie.
Starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer
You may have heard the words “film noir” that describes a specific genre of movies that were photographed in black and white. It’s a visual style that goes beyond just the simple colors where it also included canted camera angles, deep focus shots and high contrast lighting. Typically these were the B level films starring a lesser-known pool of Hollywood actors but eventually featured the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, and Veronica Lake. 

The striking style of such movies employed a method of light and dark to set the mood and capture the image. The plot would undoubtedly have the hero appear from the shadow and quietly walk back into the mist when his work was done. There are the dames, and the heavies of each story that always seemed to wonder …how did they ever get themselves into such a fix? It's also just the type of movie that Chloe and I like to watch when they are shown on Turner Classic Movies. …So here is that “dame” Chloe doing her own film noir style. 

Chloe "that dame," photographed in film noir.

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