Paris, Texas…Revisited.

Paris Tx 2Cult film fave Wim Wenders’ 1984 Paris, Texas wasn’t really a neo-noir film…and yet it is, in its own weird way, isn’t it? Loosely based on co-writer Sam Shepard’s Motel Chronicles, and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell, the quirky, unsettling, and bleakly surreal movie says ‘desert noir’ in every shot. Enough so, apparently, to inspire photographer Steven Lippman to swap model Carolyn Murphy for Kinski for his own “Paris, Texas” photo suite, with spot-on recreations of memorable scenes from the film.

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Don’t Go Up Those Stairs…

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Like watching a scene in countless thrillers and horror films: ‘Don’t go up those stairs’, we’re thinking. ‘Don’t go up in the attic, don’t go down in the basement, don’t open that door.’  But we know the heroine (soon to be a victim) inevitably will, and nothing good can possibly come of it.

Girl On The Red Stairs, by fine arts and commercial photographer David Driben.

Arseniy’s Toying With Me…

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Consider it a story prompt: This photo by Arseniy Semyonov could spark at least a dozen different tales, each scenario deliciously dark and probably deadly.

A private eye’s just been handed that photo by his secretary? Or a meeting with a classic femme fatale of a client has just wrapped up, the gumshoe assigned to hunt for her (most likely dead) lover? Heck, that fellow could be a pulp scribe holed up in a grungy motel room to complete his hard-boiled masterpiece, the silhouette of a curvy vision in the doorway no more than a figment of his liquor and cigarette fueled imagination.

Damn, I love/hate when pictures set me off like this…

Dial M For Murder…Again.

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A preceding post showcased Terry Gates’ photos of Ming Xi for Vogue China from 2012 in a suite titled “Hitchcock Beauty”, noting that Hitchcock homages seem to attract fashion creatives. Case in point: Annie Leibowitz for Vanity Fair in 2008, here with actress Charlize Theron recreating the same scene from Dial M For Murder.

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(Neon) Neo-Noir Still Lifes

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If you prop a still life photo with a vintage UK edition of Mickey Spillane’s Kiss Me, Deadly, you’ll get my attention.

Photographer Maurizio di Lorio shoots commercial assignments for diverse clients including GQ, Vogue, WWD and Elle among others, and has mounted fine art photography exhibitions from Los Angeles to Venice, Italy. Most of his images are incredibly crisp macro close-ups, all of them oozing intensely saturated hues, di Lorio’s figurative work sometimes isolating facial closeups, or more famously (or notoriously) deploying models sporting black or neon-hued opaque legwear, often in surreal or provocative situations.

But it’s di Lorio’s still-life and tabletop shots that caught my eye. Propped with crime genre trinkets like smoldering cigarettes, handguns and cocktails, they’re like glimpses of decidedly non-black & white neo-noir film sets.

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Femmes Fatales, Globally.

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Photographer Nikola Borissov hails from Bulgaria but spends more time in Bangkok, Shanghai, Thailand or his home base in Milan, Italy (while wintering in Cape Town South Africa, apparently). Not sure if he cultivated a flair for the darkly decadent in Sofia’s studios, the shores of the Black Sea, the Indian or Pacific Oceans, but Borissov does seem to have a keen eye for framing femmes fatales as seen in these images and those in a prior post, No Honor Among Thieves.

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No Honor Among Thieves.

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It should be so simple: Here are the gems. Now, where’s my money? Greed gets you nowhere except dead on a lonely rooftop in nowheresville, like this foolhardy fence, who obviously didn’t know just who he was tangling with…

By Bulgarian photographer Nikola Borissov.

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Crewe’s Film Noir Series

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Canadian photographer David J. Crewe, currently residing in Chicago, made the leap into photography from business, also serving in officer roles in the ASMP and Professional Photographers of America. Apparently this “Film Noir Series” was cooked up by Crewe and some friends while in San Diego for a charity event, tapping some pals to serve as models (one of whom worked for a suit company and could help with wardrobe), the entire project completed in just 48 hours.

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Don’t Tread On Me.

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I stumbled across this on Pinterest, just one of the jumble of random pins you see once you log in. It’s a handsome enough if somewhat unusual photo of a noir-ish femme fatale, one leg raised to reveal a provocative glimpse of lacy thigh-high stocking top, one hand tucked behind her back to hide a very lethal looking automatic. On closer inspection, I realized it’s a Holiday setting, with what sure looks like a Christmas tree across the room.

But what’s really unusual about this image is that it’s not just some photo. It’s a rug.

Yes, a rug. Available from Wayfair, the 2’ x 3’ “Woman Black Area Rug” from East Urban Home.

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As it happens, the writing lair has wall-to-wall off-white berber, no throw rugs needed. Not sure this would go well elsewhere ‘round here either, even if it listed for almost $350 but is available now for only $108.99. Home décor tastes aside, I wish the photo was credited. I’d love to know who shot this (and how the hell it ended up on rug).

I can’t decide if this is really sweet, or really, really weird.

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