La Noire
Those hard-boiled noir films, all Sam Spade's and dangerous dames, were the legacy of German expressionism, 20 years after Lang, Murnau et al we had a clutch of Hollywood films that used the interplay of light and shadow as a primary mechanic, a metaphor, even an entity in itself. I don't think that's ever truly gone out of fashion. David Lynch and David Fincher both have utilised 'neo-noir ' elements and it has always fascinated me.

I was doing some portfolio work for a close friend and as I shot I realised something quite bizarre. When I shoot, I work out what the subject or concept desires and follow suit. Likewise in the edit, I find that hand in the darkness and let it pull me through. On this shoot I realised that despite taking umpteen well-lit photographs I wasn't really seeing this individual. He was almost an absence - "There is no real me, only an entity and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and you can sense that our lifestyles are probably comparable . . .I simply am not there."

I did what was required of me. However, I also made sure that I got the photographs that veritas demanded, I shot him in the shadows.
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