IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR. THE TIME IN WHICH THE EVENINGS RAPIDLY SHORTEN. THE TIME IN WHICH THE LATE SUMMER SUN HIDES BEHIND HEAVY STORM CLOUDS, WHEN RAIN SHOWERS SLAMS AGAINST THE WINDOW, AND SUDDEN DARKNESS CASTS GHASTLY SHADOWS IN YOUR ROOM. IT'S NEARING THE END OF OCTOBER, THE TIME WHEN THE THE DEAD RISE FROM THEIR GRAVES. THE TIME OF HORROR AND FEAR.
Whether film noir qualifies as a distinct genre is a matter of ongoing debat among professionals. Whatever the outcome, one can't dismiss the fact film noir has a huge fan base. Film noir: stylish Hollywood crime dramas emphasizing on cynical attitudes and sexual motives. In contrary to what many believe, film noir also appears in color. The name simply refers to the stark light/dark contrast and dramatic shadow patterning used in the productions and the theatrical storylines. Film noir is also known for its use of low-angle, wide-angle ans skewed angle shots. Elements photographer Matt Lee used in his photo series equally names Film Noir.
For this set Matt Lee was looking to recreate the film noir vibe of the 1950's crime movies whilst also adding a contemporary touch. Archie is the hero in Matt Lee's Film Noir, but instead of creating a setting with a private-eye or plainclothes policeman in obscure darkness with venetian blinds shadows, Matt transformed Archie in a deranged psycho killer character who makes Norman bates look like the boy next door. The blood and intensity displayed by model Archie brought the cutting edge he was looking for in this shoot. Especially when combined with the contrast of the lighting. Film Noir is the first of 4 short series by Matt Lee and the perfect set to showcase in this dark period around Halloween. –BM-
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