Making Noir: Inspired by Night

Woman with gun under streetlight. © Gary AllardI very proud to announce that two of my photos have been selected to hang in a group exhibition hosted by APA | SD next week at Subtext Gallery (probably my favorite art space in town). The show is called Noir and is, you guessed it, based on the dark and sinister vibe from classic film noir movies.

This was a very fun project to shoot – the possibilities are endless for the theme. I sketched out a handful of ideas, some elaborate, some simple and gritty. When it came to choosing the images, it was the experimental and unexpected that I gravitated toward. Originally shooting in black and white film seemed like the way to go but when I saw how the city streetlights tinted and twisted the color, it really felt unique. By gelling my strobes to 3200K I ended up with the look you see here. Very little post production in color was needed and the overall effect is haunting and ethereal. Although one of my favorites, the photo here was not selected and two others will hang in the show (tune in next week to see those).

Please join me along with the other talented winners next Friday, November 16th, at Subtext Gallery in Little Italy. There will be 30 fantastic prints on display, live music, adult beverages, and a silent auction (maybe you’ll take one of my prints home?) to benefit Outside the Lens.

When: Next Friday, November 16, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (One night only!)
Where: Subtext Gallery, 2479 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California 92101


All photos © Gary Allard, all rights reserved.

1 Comment

  1. by Karen on November 10, 2012  8:02 am Reply

    Congratulations, Gary! I am very excited for you!

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