Odds and Ends

Philip Marlowe’s… Photo Noir?


Philip Marlowe is the quintessential hardboiled detective of American noir, and Humphrey Bogart, who played the hard-drinking and quick-witted gumshoe in “The Big Sleep,” is the quintessential Philip Marlowe. But beyond Bogart, the character of Marlowe continues on, collecting many interpretations and portrayals along the way.

Created by crime fiction writer Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe is a product of the pulp magazines of the 1930s. Chandler, who became a professional writer late in his life, developed his style by penning short stories for publications like Black Mask and Detective Fiction Weekly. The more and more he wrote stories for the pulps, the more and more a singular character evolved from the work: a tough private investigator with a stoic demeanor, a sharp tongue, a taste for liquor, and deep inner moral compass to keep him from losing his cool or falling for femme fatales.


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Odds and Ends…

“Romeo and Juliet”


“Once upon a time…blah, blah, blah. Love, anxiety, violence, families, feuds, the whole shebang! Only to end tragically. Now, it’s a whole new story…”

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Odds and Ends

Life is full of surprises

I was talking with a photographer from Japan while on the field about what birds has he’s seen that morning. He mentioned several species and then I asked him,

~ “Did you see an Osprey? Because I saw an osprey two years ago”. He looked at me and said …

~ “He’s there”… but I spoke again and made reference,

~ “He used to fish here”. He calmly said again…

~ “He’s there” … pointing his finger up behind me, I turned around and I faced the osprey the closest I’ve ever seen it watching me directly to the eyes! Luckily I had my camera ready and shot a series of shots… I’m still convinced that he was posing for me.

What do you think of this?


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