Inside The Unnerving Film Noir-Inspired Crime Scenes Of Dan Bannino

Classic thrillers should make you feel like you have just stumbled upon a crime scene or peaked behind your neighbours curtains to discover a gruesome murder, explains Dan Bannino.

Drawing inspiration from the cinematic prowess of 1940s-1960s film noir the Italian-born photographer captures a series of eerie stills which leave you on the edge of your seat.

Appointment with Death (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Appointment with Death (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Noir Stills (as the project is known) adopts some of the visual aesthetics of great movie directors such as Carol Reed and Alfred Hitchcock.

It aims to mix stark lighting with claustrophobic angles to heighten the characters' existential angst and replaces typical black textures with neon colours and blinding spotlights.

The meticulous images give the innate appearance of happenstance and are developed in such a way as to make the viewer an eyewitness to a personal narrative.

Although there appears to be a chronological order to the images, Bannino insists there is no definitive plot or storyline:

"I wanted to leave viewers the freedom to create their own ideas, without influencing the feelings an image could give."

This idea of offering no traditional linear makes the scenes eerily unnerving; and somehow reminiscent of attempting to part-watch horror movies as a Slender Man-fearing child.

Bannino has an incredible talent of bringing stories to life and inducing vivid imaginations.

In 2015 he released Still Diet, a series which envisions a renaissance-style tale of popular eating habits – from Beyonce Knowles and lemon peel to Henry VIII and banquets.

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Everybody got something to hide (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Everybody got something to hide (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Following and being followed (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Following and being followed (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Last encounter (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Last encounter (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Mystery call (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Mystery call (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

The Bridge over troubled water (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

The Bridge over troubled water (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Dining with Murder (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Dining with Murder (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Garage Madness (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Garage Madness (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Hotel Odyssey (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

Hotel Odyssey (Photograph: Dan Bannino)

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Writer and photographer from South London, UK. If you want to get in touch please email me at: matthew.kirby@konbini.com