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.
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.