Originally Posted by filmtwit
Ben - keep in mind what you're describing above is Story Noir, while this thread is about Noir Imagery. They are similar, but not the same thing.
I love this image. And I fiercely defend anyone's right to make mistakes in the pursuit of art. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with some of these images from a formal point of view, only -- respectfully -- that the distinction you are trying to make doesn't really make sense. If you can't imagine the image as part of a film that partakes of this sensibility then the image doesn't partake of the sensibility. The term "Noir" has a history -- it comes from film of a certain period, a point of view, and an aesthetic that goes along with it. The aesthetic is in service of the idea, though, so I don't get your central point.
Ironically, your wonderful picture is an excellent illustration of what I am talking about and would, I think, be perfectly at home in a noir film. BTW, the thread's title is "Film Noir" . . . so isn't that what all the pictures here are trying to illustrate?