Horror Noir

Matteo Ceschi

HORRORS MEETS NOIR
The idea of this new f/50 project arises from the curiosity to see horror and noir movies mixed together. Think about the classic George Romero Night of the Living Dead frames overlapping Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca iconic scenes…
BOOOM! My brain goes crazy! Double exposure technique and a hard b&w is my way to illustrate this “surreal universe” where two worlds come together and merge. Zombies take care, Detective is now on your tracks! Suggested soundtrack: “Can It Be All So Simple” by Wu-Tang Clan.
Steve Coleman
I’ll be honest, I don’t know whether to thank my F50 colleague Matteo or not for his suggestion of ‘Horror Noir’! I didn’t find this particularly easy at all, but I do like a challenge so below you’ll find my interpretation of this project.
I won’t say too much, but I tried to take my usual candid street style and find individuals in locations that portrayed a sense of solitude and anxiousness, that seemed ambiguous or even a little lost.
I definitely tried to concentrate on a feeling or emotion above anything else and I think I captured some tension in my shots.
So…Thanks Matteo! Perhaps your next suggestion could be a little easier!! Lol.

 

Keith Goldstein
I’ll have to be honest as well. When Matteo proposed this idea for a post, I was quite hesitant. Instead of making images specifically for this idea, I acted like a somnambulist. I just let things be. Keeping Matteo’s idea in the recesses of my brain.

 

*The idea of combining horror/noir with street, was from our member Matteo Ceschi.

THIS IS NOT AMERICA

America is all around me. America is following me through the streets of Milan and my travels: from Greece to Britain to Sweden. The eyes search for old TV series frames, brands and icons, looking for what now also belongs to me. I look at the photos, I hum David Bowie song and I feel that here I am elsewhere, in America.

 

FLUIDITY

For this new f/50 project Keith and I have investigated the elusive concept of “fluidity”. We started from Webster on-line dictionary definition and we have developed the “interpretation” through three shots each.

FLUIDITY: The quality of being fluid or capable of flowing; a liquid, äeriform, or gaseous; opposed to solidity. “It was this want of organization, this looseness and fluidity of the new movement, that made it penetrate through every class of society” J.R. Green

KEITH’S NOTES: Let’s images talk!

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MATTEO’S NOTES: Fluidity is all about change and movement. Freezing this change with a camera is a hard challenge but it’s not impossible. Photography usually doesn’t “play” with movement so I’ve tried to recreate motion looking for contrast. In the first shot, sky-clouds (so fluid they look solid)-buildings-humans; in the second one, a light fog “running” over the water deleting shadows; in the last frame, the illusion of a man swimming in an ad I caught throught a futuristic invisible wall. In all three shots human presence — direct or indirect or even marginal — becomes an important element of the change, probably the most significant in contrast to the others.

Land-Sea: Shapes of Continuity

This short  “summer series” – seven shots taken in Agios Prokopios, Naxos Island, Cyclades, during a period of 1 hour with a 50 mm lens – helped me explore the lines/feel of continuity between land and sea. I was probably looking for a personal sense of space where the horizon shapes a continuity across the shots. I was looking for a sense of surprise too – catching the amazing moment when the eyes alight on the water over the dunes. There definitely is a feeling of relief and amusement in each image to the extent that the horizon is “broken” or “interrupted” by humans: their familiar presence dares to leave the beach and embrace the water unconditionally.

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Shadow Self

When I first picked up a camera, coming from years of painting, sculpture, and printmaking, I always wondered how I could put myself physically within the image. How could I show my “hand”? A question that I always think about, how can a photograph connect the inside – our thoughts and emotions, to the outside – our physical surroundings? Continue reading “Shadow Self”

Dark Matter

Mechanical Sunflower
Mechanical Sunflower

For sometime now I have been gathering a collection of images for a personal project entitled “Dark Matter”. All the images are post-processed with as dark a sky as possible so that the highlights of the subject can be enhanced. The process works best with sunlit buildings or other forms of architecture and cloudless skies but this is not always possible.

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