T’is the season, or whatever, but let’s all take a moment to think of the victims of Sandy Hook, the tragic school attack in China, and the four firefighters who were shot in Rochester, NY today.
We all could be better. Let’s work on that in 2013.
Good night, everyone, I’m going to go get a cup of coffee.
After hours in the darkroom.
Red wine, amber lights, and solitude.
I haven’t been this alone in a long time.
Pretty sure I’m the only one in the building right now.
Why am I always alone?
I’ve written before about the various photographers that have inspired my work to some extent, but today I wanted to draw a bit of focus towards another influence of mine.
I read the Sin City graphic novels when I was in my early teens, and I loved everything about them…the writing, the illustration quality, and of course the darkness. The seedy grit that Miller managed to create in his version of Los Angeles was beautiful; and of course it was always raining. I’d like to think that Miller’s interpretation of film-noir in book form actually outdid a lot of film-noir.
The books haven’t come off my shelf in a year or two, but I am probably going to revisit them over the next few weeks, because they’re just so damn well written.
The narration is succinct, but it sets the mood impeccably.The rain-slicked streets, the long shadows cast by a lamp in the corner of a room, constant creaking of old hardwood floors, and the dull thud of heavy footsteps on them….it’s all there.
Do yourself a favor and buy a few of the stories, I think you can get them in anthology form now, which is easier. They’re printed beautifully, and are a hell of a way to spend a few hours. You’ll probably see some similarities to the way I write on here to Miller’s in the books, and naturally I think anyone who looks at my work knows how much I love my deep shadows.
all images are property of Frank Miller and Dark Horse Publishing.