After being away from photography for an extended period, about a year for school. It felt really good to get behind the camera again. For this shoot I asked the model, Maggie Xia, to challenge me, help me create shot different than normal. Let’s do a image that is compelling and tells a story. Her only request was that she wanted to do something darkly lit. So we shot in a dark room and I brought a little bit of light. I wanted the shot to have a mood of mystery, a cool and crispness that takes film noir a step further. I call it RS Noir. In film school we study a period in film called Film Noir. Instead high key images, the directors shot using less light and darkness dominated to image. It proved make to seem more mysterious and help them tell a different story. Usually, the story would involve a a detective, a wife, and a murdered husband. In these whodunnit’s the wife would normally be the suspect and the director would just play around with did she do or didn’t she do it. Along the way she would always try to seduce the detective to get him to see things happen the way she said they did. The dark nature of the scenes made the femme fatale seem more seductive and that much more of a mystery. In the end the detective would always be able to resist her charms and the femme fatale would go to jail. This was the formula and it was followed for quite a long time. The best modern day example of a femme fatale would be Sharon Stone in “Basic Instinct.” In this image I wanted to depict Maggie as she makes her move trying to seduce the detective. Did she or did she not do it? The answer’s a mystery.