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:
- To write about my collection of old photographs and their significance.
- 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.