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Essence of Noir (about the group)

This group is kind of niche for every photographer whose works create dark, noir, shadowy mood with special elegant, stylish and minimalistic atmosphere.

Group concentrate mostly on film-like images (film noir stills); urban/architectural environment as a important background for solitude of human existence and essential space of noir genre; crime; dark and foggy towns and parks, night (rarely day) city life, shadowed atmosphere, psychological nuances, suspense, elegant clothes, style, human body (properly exposed), low-key compositions etc.

It means no so called avant-garde modernism and weird conceptual rubbish. Close-up's, macro-photography or details has to be related with noir spirit, it's principles and put in proper context. B&W photo or low exposured (so called "dark") photo is not enough. Good old-styled images with vintage spirit are the most welcome here. Those who have appropriate taste know what it means. If you have any doubts take a look at group's gallery or my gallery.

Depth and action.
Sophistication and tradition.
Quality not quantity.
There are an essence of Noir group.
Can you dig it?

Group is also dedicated to those who can achieve images with camera as a main tool. It means almost no computer/software (post)processing, slightly editing. Some brightness and contrast adjustments, filters are tolerable, though.

Quality isn't the most important thing here: cell phone's camera or professional camera doesn't matter if photo contains some noir spirit, certain emotions.

I don't want to create another so called "dark" group with thousands of immature people with lack of classical artistic taste. If you are looking for easy going group full of effortless fav's, plastic darkness, vulgar images, cheap subjects and fame - forget about this group.

This is noir underground.

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To me, Noir genre is very suitable "vehicle" to show the most important elements in my live (in proper aesthetics and picture-frame which I like very much). Personally I think that those "Noir" elements are base, even principles of my existence and every "Noir" art is closer to my taste and opinion about life than any other art.
I don't think that live has only "Noir" tones but those bright one are rare, happens from time to time and I think there are something extra. Darkness or cold doesn't need any extra energy - there are foundations of presence. Same with death and chaos - live is only a short battle against it. My next favourite subject: solitude - even in the big group we are always alone and only we can experience our live and go through it. We deal with it all the time. There's always impassable border between our "self" and other "selfs". Our choices and our individualities vs social laws and expectations (self-destruction as an example of that struggle). There are many other themes like sexuality for example.
It's also very attractive due to action and suspense which can be very skilfully joined with philosophical, social, cultural etc. aspects.
Those components may appear in other forms of art but never so intensely and in my opinion Noir is the only one who may join depth with visual attractiveness (with no unnecessary special effects) in so alluring form. Personally I never found modern Noir as good as classic one from '30 - '60 (or those films who refer and stylised to that times). My conclusion is: interesting content - yes, but in proper artwork and frame.
I sorted all featured photos and put them to three different folders to make browsing nicer and smoother.

First folder "Individuals" contains photos focused more or less on some individuals in many situations from portraits to distant solitude persons etc.

Second folder "Scenes" contains only empty scenes, places etc.

Third folder "Essence of Noir" contains crême de la crême of Noir style: stills and photos where everything has classical look and style (clothes, props, models, scenes, themes etc.)


Still quite many photos features haven't been approved by some artists, so you may check "favourite" group's folder from time to time for some more good photos.
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nikongriffin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Professional Photographer
It seems like it's been forever since I've had anything to contribute. I need to seek out models who fit the group's mission.
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DeTrixsta Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Thank you for requesting~! It's an honor~!
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
You're welcome! :ahoy:
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BrianMPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank You for requesting!
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
You're welcome!
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Val-Faustino Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the request :ahoy:
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gallindz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
thank you for requesting my photo. :)
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darkcravings23 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you for the request! It's an honor!
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
You're welcome!
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BrianMPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great collective! Thanks for the requests!
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
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i-m-light Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
thanks for the feature :)
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
You're welcome! :ahoy:
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Saffella Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dziękuję za docenienie moich zdjęć i dodanie ich do grupy :heart:
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Cała przyjemność po mojej stronie! :ahoy:
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Saffella Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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LyttaMoon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, im honored :)
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
The pleasure is all mine! :ahoy:
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PandoraPoison Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the requests! x
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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
You're welcome!
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13ipsith13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Photographer
Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Thank you for being your generous self.:)
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FeliDae84 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Thank you so much for the request :sun:
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