What's he building in there?
Damon, on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:04 AM:
...I heard he
Has an ex-wife in some place
Called Mayors Income, Tennessee
And he used to have a
consulting business in Indonesia...
Noir Hotel 2
The Ocean Crest Resort, where we stayed in Moclips, is a lovely place, really, but with the right light and the right twisted imagination...
Sarah, on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 6:47 AM:
Fact: People who drive white cube vans live in houses with wood panelling in the basement.
david adam edelstein, on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 10:39 AM:
Hmmmm... we have wood panelling in our basement. Maybe we should get a white cube van. You know, for the soccer team.
Guest bedroom window, to be exact. Does that remove the mystery?
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 11:29 PM:
oh, weird! it almost looks like light projected on a surface instead of looking out of a window.
Say, have ya installed that outdoor (like a drive-thru) theater in the back yard yet?
Timothy, on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 10:15 PM:
(Heather from Tim's computer) - actually, I thought it was a reflection too...
Dylan Hintz, on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 9:24 AM:
Hello, David, my name is Dylan Hintz and I'm a young college filmmaker. I'm currently working in a studio television production class, and I found your photos and was wondering if I could use them for a green screen project I am trying to do. It's a simple commercial for an energy drink (or it might end up being something else, I still have a few days to prep), and I needed some scary alley ways to do a "vampire" scene (sorta spoofing Blade). Google search returned your pictures and I was immediately struck with interest. You've caught a new reader. Anyways, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're cool with this. Thanks!
Noir in passing
ejuana, on Friday, December 1, 2006 at 4:27 PM:
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, December 1, 2006 at 5:46 PM:
It's the eloquence of your response that really makes me appreciate the two-way communication possible in this medium.
Laura Z, on Friday, December 1, 2006 at 7:28 PM:
There. I have used this medium to it's fullest extent possible. What more do you want you noir freak? :-P
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 4:02 PM:
yeah, what he said.
way, elegant... eloquent, whatever.
Again with the noir playground
Laura Z, on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 7:40 AM:
This scene could go either way - classic noir, or baby noir.
heather, on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 9:25 PM:
One minute Billy was spinning joyously around, staring at the sky twirling above him, laughing in glee, and the next minute silence... except for the eerie squeak of the merry-go-round as it slowly creaked to a stop. Empty.
There's something inherently creepy about an empty bench at night
Nothing good happens in parks in film noir.
Laura Z, on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 9:03 AM:
Not to mention the tree, which looks like it is already reaching out to grab something (or someone!).
ejuana, on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 11:02 AM:
Not to mention the photographer! Buggin?
Timothy, on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 1:59 PM:
...and not to mention the need to start running and screaming blindly through the night ....
Debra, on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 3:21 PM:
Actually, I viewed this as sort of romantic...hmmm...not sure what that says...
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 10:29 PM:
It's always about death with you, isn't it?
This one would work better if you could see that it was raining, instead of just looking foggy.
Laura Z, on Friday, November 10, 2006 at 8:53 AM:
Well, even without being able to see the rain, the different shades of grayness, and also the shape they make between the lights, treeline, and sky (and the barrier) are wonderful.
In celebration of the bright flash of political light this week...
It's time for more noir photos.
Andrew, on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 7:58 AM:
I'm so excited about these results, and I'm not even American. But we have our Deputy Sheriff Prime Minister John Howard, who has slavishly followed Bush's every move over the past few years. I'm hoping that he suffers the same fate in our elections next year.
Brightly lit noir
James, on Monday, November 6, 2006 at 6:14 AM:
I really like your pictures. What camera you use? Are you like an photografer? I'm doing a paper about Film Noir. Me and my partner having a photoshoot, with just the pictures you are showing here. Can I use some of you pics to show our teachers what we are going to do? I would be very greatfull. Thank you in advance!!
New noir 1
Sometime in the last few weeks I started taking more photos that fit into the sporadic film noir series, but they seem to have changed -- darker, if possible, and somewhat more abstract. I like them.
Oh crap, another mailbox!
And with that, our latest Noir interlude draws to a close.
Street lights can even be menacing... when there's more than one.
Savannah, on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 8:24 AM:
Nice one. The way you framed it, it's like the lights are there to create darkness. Your picture is about that which is excluded from (and by) the light, turning the glare into the opposite of what it's meant to be. Well done. Your first true noir of the series.
Even mailboxes are menacing
Andrew, on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 7:24 AM:
Like hammers ready to fall.
We already know trucks are menacing
Manholes are menacing in Noir
Laura Z, on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 7:06 AM:
Lichanos, on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 7:01 AM:
I like you photos very much, and not just the ones of wet streets and manholes!
I used this one, with a link here, on my latest post.
The streets are always wet in Noir
heather, on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 7:19 AM:
Which is good, cause if they were dry there wouldn't be a whole lot we'd be able to see!
Laura Z, on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 8:20 AM:
What about if a noir film were set in the desert? Then it would necessarily be dry. I challenge those of you out there who can visualize such things to ponder this question - would a film noir film in a desert setting work or not? And what about a dessert setting?
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 12:54 PM:
Certainly one can look at Insomnia as a Film Blanc, where it's never dark, and there's too much light.
Rich, on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 1:04 PM:
I was looking for an answer to why the streets are always wet in film noir, and stumbled across this discussion.
" I challenge those of you out there who can visualize such things to ponder this question - would a film noir film in a desert setting work or not? And what about a dessert setting?"
Sure it could work. The first example that comes to mind it "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953) starring Frank Lovejoy (the radio drama NIGHTBEAT) and Edmond O'Brien (star of noir classic DOA). William Talman plays the psycho-killer who forces them into the desert during a state-wide manhunt.
Another noir jag
Those of you who aren't as into this series as I am might want to skip the next few days. Because it's gonna get NOIR, baby, REPRESENT!
No, I have no idea what that last means.
Christian, on Monday, April 24, 2006 at 9:43 AM:
Excel, err... Word!
gram , on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:56 PM:
How dark can I push these and still have them read well? Online, of course, that depends on your own monitor, calibrated or (more likely) not.
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 12:09 AM:
Maybe y'all should give a little tutorial on setting up our monitors, or give us a link to your favorite tuning site?
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 11:51 AM:
It's really a hardware solution -- our eyes are designed to adapt and adjust, so we can't judge properly.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 12:36 AM:
That Huey is a....suggestive lookin' device, ain't it!
stacy, on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 11:28 PM:
I love this and I'm not sure why. I just do. It reminds me a bit of the house in a picture, in the family photo album, of a home my parents lived in when they first got married. It must be one of those starter homes, that someone took really good care of. While it's a bit scary, it's also oddly comforting. But then, I'm from Texas and we're a bit used to bunkers, here.
This is probably more information than most of you really want... but one of my common routes through downtown takes me past this alley. If I'm walking by at night, I usually stop to watch the rats scurry around.
Timothy, on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 8:00 AM:
2nd & Virginia?
david adam edelstein, on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 10:45 PM:
2nd & Cherry.
Carla, on Monday, October 20, 2008 at 1:30 PM:
Hello! My name is Carla and I go to Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. Every year, our creative writing department puts on a "dark night" show consisting of short skits of students work. This is my second year designing the poster for the event, and I would really like to use this picture! I already have a whole idea, I would just like to get permission from you. Thank you, my email is [redacted]. Just email me to let me know your input.
Michelle, on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 9:04 AM:
Alex's comment: "Oh my, that's not a nice place!"
Timothy, on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 12:38 PM:
OK I want to be the first to ask ... by chance is this down by the river?
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 12:39 PM:
Nope, it's down by sporty's place.
cal, on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 11:03 PM:
This is why I love photography. This one right here is why I love to shoot.
Sun Friday, on Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 7:19 PM:
Wonderful! Looks like home...
Sarah, on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 6:01 AM:
I stand by my previous comment concerning panel vans.
heather, on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 9:56 AM:
looks like the back door to the highschool gymnasium where creepy-guy-with-creepy-garage-and-car-and-van likes to hang out to watch for the cheerleaders to exit when they finish practice.
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 12:31 PM:
I think these descriptions tell us more about your media diet than it does about the photos :-)
Reaching for the window
This would be more noir if there was something hanging from the tree limb, no?
Timothy, on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 5:38 PM:
... or like some sneakers?
Sun Friday, on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 1:50 PM:
Wonderful! I was shooting the exact same thing Thursday night, but I just couldn't capture it.
The Tower 2
The Tower 1
One of the things I'm trying to do with these images is shoot much "messier" than I usually do, to see how far I can push them and still have them "read" and communicate.
Sarah, on Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 3:13 PM:
Panel vans bode well for no one.
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 2:36 AM:
I dunno, I commute to work in a panel van and .... oh, wait a minute. Yeah.
heather, on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 10:47 PM:
Uh oh... dude with the old car and scary garage has upgraded to a van. Not good. So not good.
Andrew, on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 12:52 AM:
If the van's rockin, don't come knockin...
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 7:03 AM:
Because I'm CUTTING SOMEBODY INTO PIECES HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Sarah, on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 1:56 PM:
It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again...
heather, on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 9:39 PM:
Wow. I'm impressed. I actually had to look that one up. Fitting!
And scary that you knew it... um... so... uh... had any nice chianti lately?
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 9:51 PM:
Your sister, your problem, is all I'm saying.
stacy, on Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:51 PM:
I love this! I love this one so much!
Not perhaps as cheery as it was meant to be
Back to the Canada photos... Several of the local cable stations in Victoria broadcast a "yule log" for the few days around Christmas.
heather, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 7:58 AM:
A yule log on TV is never as cheery as its meant to be ;-)
GeoGeek, on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 11:01 AM:
Nothing says "True Spirit of Christmas" like "Watching a Yule Log on TV While Sitting in Small Dark Hotel Room in Canada."
I must have travelling on my mind
I can't hear an airplane flying by without looking up to see where it is.
heather, on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 8:47 AM:
Hmm... if that was taken this morning, it was quite possibly Sarah's :-)
Debra, on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 3:04 PM:
Ella is the same way. Except I bet you don't point at the sky and go "Oh!"
Timothy, on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 5:34 PM:
.... but I do
Again with the stalking around at night
Fortunately our neighborhood is well supplied with this vintage of American cars, so there are plenty of models to shoot. Still haven't had anyone chase me down the street yet, which is a good thing.
What's he building in there?
dpb, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 8:01 AM:
I'll tell you one thing, he's not building a playhouse for the children.
GeoGeek, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 8:18 AM:
I think we have a right to know.
UncleVinny, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 8:35 AM:
And what about all those packages he sends?
dpb, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 9:47 AM:
I heard he has an ex-wife is some place called Mayors Income, Tennessee.
heather, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 1:03 PM:
He's working on his car... the one from a few posts ago. He's cleaning it thoroughly inside and out. Including the hidden compartment in the trunk. Must not leave any evidence.
Ex-wife? No... but he is a widower. The crime was never solved. He was never actually charged due to lack of evidence, but he remains listed in the case file as a "person of interest". He's not worried though. He covered his tracks well.
gracie, on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 10:56 PM:
rhymes with neutron...
This one's a little more abstract
But I still think it fits.
ejuan, on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 5:18 PM:
What's abstract about a giant boogey man shadow taking a picture of the street?
heather, on Monday, December 19, 2005 at 7:30 AM:
And here we go
A few days of sketches for this latest Film Noir project. Some work better than others, but they're all interesting to me for one reason or another.
heather, on Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 11:16 AM:
This one makes me think of the Cingular ad with the signal bars - you know, where the boats, and apartment buildings, and other mundane stuff line up to look like the bars on your cell phone..
Sigh... so sorry. It must be the fact that I'm back at work! Bah humbug ;-)
More from my imaginary film noir
I've started taking pictures on my walk home from the bus, which this time of year is of course in the dark. Hopefully I won't get picked up by the police, but if I do, at least I'll have a couple of pictures up here showing what I'm trying to do.
UncleVinny, on Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 7:26 AM:
Publicly covering your tracks, that's an interesting twist...
Film noir still
heather, on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 10:43 AM:
Cindy, on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 8:29 PM:
i love this one in particular
why i can't say but i do
Markus, on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 9:17 AM:
Markus, on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 6:24 PM: