Think about Photography

I absolutely love photography, I am not exactly sure why but all types of pictures get my attention. I am a very visual person I guess, I love the stories behind each picture.

When the fire starts to burn

I will admit I do take a ton of photos, many of them being extremely random and bad because I would do it in a rush to use them on snapchat.

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Snaps

Though, I do also take a lot of nature pictures because mother earth is just so beautiful. I love to capture moments in which you think gosh how lucky are we to  live in such a beautiful place.

Baby bunnies

Hiking

In my room I have a mural of pictures of friends and family, I like to keep adding photos because when I get bored I can just look up and there is my friends, family, and other reminders of my life. I will say, I am probably not a very good photographer but I take picture mainly for myself since I will be the one looking back through them to remember the old days.

Mural

After reviewing the sources posted for photography, I have realized I probably should attempt to put some effort into taking pictures, or at the very least give the picture some meaning.

 

Movie Night!

Killer’s Kiss is about a man (Davey) who is a boxer and is in love with his neighbor (Gloria) who is a hall dancer, they planned to run away together. Gloria has an abusive relationship with a gangster (Vincent) she doesn’t like. (Vincent is shown below.)

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 9.44.49 PMDavey ends up protecting her one night from Vincent, Vincent is then angry at Davey and attempts to kill him but accidentally murders Davey’s boss.

This movie is so noir in that it is in black and white and the multiple scenes that are very dark.

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 9.48.16 PM Noir is also seen in the plot in that the plot is about a couple and a jealous man trying to break them up. The bad guy (Vincent) is killed in the end by Gloria’s lover Davey (the good guy). The cigarettes and outfits worn throughout the movie also help build on the noir theme.

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Chinatown is about a private investigator called Jake Gittes who was hired to watch Mr. Mulwray. Mrs. Mulwray was suspicious of an affair. Later in a plot twist it is revealed that Mulwray girlfriend is Evelyn’s daughter and sister.

This movie has plenty of noir elements such as a femme fatale character (Evelyn), the clothing worn throughout the movie (the hats and suit), and smoking.

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The story has many parts to it that can only truly be understood when watching the movie, the story is part mystery and part drama making this the perfect representation of noir.Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 11.24.34 PM

Readings and Readings About Noir

I read the following four stories about Noir:

This is the story of a criminal investigator who become so involved with a crime that she mimics the victim as her fantasy. This disturbing, sinister story not only is dark it includes many components of noir, murder, sex, alcohol, crime solving, and mystery. The alcoholic detective has a love interest with multiple guys at different stages, and for some reason pulls confidence out of changing her appearance to imitate a murder victim Annabelle Clark. This is just an odd story.

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice by: James M. Cain

the_postman_always_rings_twiceIn this story the idea of Noir is prevalent. Femme fatale character, Cara, is involved with a bum Frank who both plot to kill her husband Nick. Each character seems to be somewhat of a con artist and sinister. Within this story there is plenty of deception, death and irony. The irony being both Cara and Nick dying in a car accident, both in the name of love.

This piece reminded me of a murder we read in my True Crime class “The Murder at Cherry Hill,” It was about a wife (Elise) who got a man (Jesse Strang) to kill her her husband (Whippie). Strang was charged for the murder and sentence to death though Elise was only accused of being an accomplice.

TheKillersIn this story noir is seen straight from the beginning, the wording “bright boy,” “ought,” “nigger” give an old time feel when people actually talked in this manner. On the third page murder and killing is already brought up immediately throwing us into the noir theme, on this page there is also a cartoon of men at a bar with hats and trench coat fitting into the noir theme. Though the hit men don’t kill Anderson, they do tie up Nick and Sam, the fact that there was hired hit men in black trench coats couldn’t be anymore noir.

TheShadowIf not obvious from the title The Shadow, noir is seen in this story in that there is this mysterious man who acts as a somewhat vigilante for the town they are located at. In this specific episode there is a lot of deception involved between the Dubrille, Martin, and Evan. In a twist Martin planned to kill Evan and Dubrille and blame it on Corvet though The Shadow knew of Corvet’s death and allowed the fighting to continue. Sadly Shadow and Dr. Evan are the only two who seem to be honest people in the story.

 

Caps: All these reading had in common was that there was a murder or attempted murder, each revolving around the theme of death and darkness. Bring my to conclude that death and darkness play great parts in the concept of noir. Each story also included small components of noir such as mysterious strangers, alcohol, sex, and plenty of deception.