Where the Darkness Begins

ennui

You are looking at a photograph from my collection. I have no way of identifying who this is or when it was taken though I can make a guess based on the furniture and the woman’s clothes. The only clues are printed on the back: “voiglander” i.e. the camera and “Photo-Wolf, Hiddesden.” Was the photograph posed? Is it a candid shot? Is the woman suffering from ennui or is she in fact dead? (Unlikely I know but we have to consider all possibilities).

The photograph is a good representation of the tone that this new blog is going to adopt. It’s mysterious and it can easily be imagined to be a still from a film noir. There are slightly sinister undertones and we might also come to think of the subject as a femme fatale type. There are plenty more where this one came from.

I’ve set up this new blog to cover two different, though related, purposes:

  1. To write about my collection of old photographs and their significance.
  2. To write about writing. More specifically to write about the my previously published work, my soon to be published work and work in progress.

How are these two things linked? If I had to pick one word to describe both the photographs and the writing I’d choose noir.