Off the Cuff and on the clock: What makes a noir image noir?
|(Clock in Reading Terminal Market. Photo by your humble blogkeeper):|
- It looks good.
- It's black and white.
- The suggestion of a ticking clock conveys a hint of anxiety.
- The cropping of the image enhances feelings of tension and suspense, in part by focusing on just the two numbers. What is going to happen in those five minutes, of which more than one and a half have already elapsed?
- The image of a clock face is highly familiar but, I hope, still packs a visual punch. That means it carries a rich set of associations.
"(W)hat makes a book original includes:Read the entire conversation at Off the Cuff, http://dietrichkalteis.blogspot.ca/2014/08/off-cuff-4.html
"Characters with lifestyles and attitudes that have been rarely portrayed before. The alcoholic, divorced middle-aged male detective with a drinking problem was once the most popular character in the genre. It’s still popular, but readers wanted fresh detectives with fresh lifestyles to reflect the times we live in. Along came young female detectives which was a breath of fresh air, but writers now need to look at society and see its diversity in the round. There are very few gay or non-white detectives in modern day crime literature I’ve noticed. I say ‘few’ as opposed to none at all. They do exist, but you have to go looking for them."
© Peter Rozovsky 2014