The Boatman’s Call Meets Film Noir

This winter photo session marks the first of 2020. Shot inside my daylight studio with natural light, two windows and a white wall. My inspiration for photographs often come from other art forms. Books, music, and films, especially. I liked the shadows coming through the blinds, reminding me of some of my favorite film noir movies: The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, and The Maltese Falcon. I often ask models/clients to evoke a character or song. For this shot it was a mix of film noir as the setting and Nick Cave’s album, The Boatman’s Call as the subject. I like the resulting mood and tone. Who said sitting for a portrait has to be tedious or contrived?

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