Robert Frank, U.S. 285, New Mexico
I couldn't find a place to put it beneath the image. Happy to change the image if someone wants to send me another one.
Great group - really looking forward to adding my losers to it. Thanks, Jane!
Love the image ... road to nowhere ... perfect place for the losers, eh?
Goes perfectly with the group description. And you can't get better than that. Definitely a keeper.
perfectly bleak thus perfect
Fantastic choice of image Jane.
The empty road that leads to badlands, or a town where evil prevails or to the dark corners of my mind.... yes! I will ho where it takes me.
Well obviously I mean GO where it takes me. But ho... maybe my unconscious is already at work on a story...
Glad you guys like this photograph. It's hard to see in the little jpg, but there is a car in the distance coming toward the viewer. From Frank's book The Americans. There is a silver print on sale in a gallery in San Francisco that I go look at sometimes and am always glad no one has ponied up the $5000 for it.
“Look, noir is about losers. The characters in these existential, nihilistic tales are doomed. They may not die, but the probably should, as the life that awaits them is certain to be so ugly, so lost and lonely, that they’d be better off just curling up and getting it over with. And, let’s face it, they deserve it.” Otto Penzler in “Noir Fiction is About Losers, Not Private Eyes.”
Penzler says this just about as well as it can be said. You might want to read the rest of what he has to say before you go any further. You have a piece of writing that fits this description, put it here. Long or short. Nobody cares. But don’t be posting clever who-dun-its or kitty cat mysteries, or somebody’ll be knocking at your door.