Photo Reflection


My experience with photography has always been as an observer. A few of my friends growing up took up photography as a hobby and I was always intrigued but never truly divulged in it myself. My friends all used DSLR cameras made by Nikon or Cannon and I always thought the pictures that they could produce were incredible. As smartphone cameras have become more and more advanced I have begun taking more photos myself. I specifically take pictures of my surroundings. Often these pictures are of nature or urban scenery but I have recently been trying to expand my horizons and take pictures of more things. After reviewing some of the materials listed on the noir site I realized a few things. I realized how much can be done with lighting especially in a black and white setting. The black and white setting seems to stand out in noir photography as well as film as a standard of the category and I was exited to try and incorporate some of this into my photography as well. I also realized that mood was a large part of noir film and photography. Many scenes are set up to inspire certain moods in the audience, often of a dramatic nature.

Jack Sadler

I thought it would be fun to create a noir character within the actual time period that noir was happening. So, my character was born in the just before the 20’s and any character development will take place in the late 40’s. Let me introduce you to Jack Sadler

Jack is about 5″10 with a medium build. Short dark brown hair combed back. Usually seen with at least a days worth of stubble around his face from lack of shaving. Dark brown eyes, a heavy brow and a sharp jaw, Jack was always considered quite the looker growing up.

Jack was born on his parents farm in Lincoln Illinois on December 28, 1918. He was an only child at the time and his parents were still quite young. His father had inherited the farm from his father and had spent the majority of his life working there and Jack was expected to do the same. Jack attended the local school the days he could but regularly missed classes to stay home and help his parents on the farm. This made friendships a bit difficult growing up and Jack never really kept any childhood friends. Jack got tired of life on the farm and packed his bags and moved out at age 19. Jack had almost no money but managed to get himself to Chicago where he found a job at a bar. He worked there as a dish washer and eventually a bartender for quite a few years. When Jack was 25 years old his mother died of a terrible flu. He went back out to the farm for the funeral but hasn’t been back since. Jack’s now 30 years old and saved up enough money to buy the bar he had been working out for over ten years. The bar wasn’t the nicest joint in town but it was good enough for him. It had two rooms upstairs, one that he made his bedroom and one that he made his office. He had starting doing a bit of PI work a few years back and now considers it his job of choice, though he certainly wasn’t the best at it. Jack now spends his time drinking in the bar and waiting for PI work.


About me

Well as you know by now, my name is Philip Dorch. I am a senior at Mary Washington studying political science. I grew up in Vienna Virginia which is located in Fairfax county of Northern Virginia.

During my free time I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping and basically all things outdoors. I have a pet cat and a pet python. My cat unfortunately lives at home with my parents right now but I am exited to have her move in with me after graduation. My cat‘s name is paisley and my python’s name is Sansa. If anyone watches (or better yet reads) the game of thrones series then yes, the name does come from the character Sansa. My main hobbies when I am not outside include making music, drawing and lampworking. For those who do not know what lampworking is, you can read the wiki article on it here. Long story short it is the process of artistically working glass into beads, pendants, marbles and other objects. Lampworking is specifically different from glass blowing because it generally does not entail the use of hollow vessels. I had a memory card with a bunch of pictures and videos of me working but the card recently became corrupted. I am still in the process of trying to retrieve the data so if I do ill edit this post and add some pictures.

Here is a pic of somewhere I went boarding last year.



Weekly Summary


Hi, my name is Philip Dorch. I began working on all of this just this morning and admittedly could have used much more time to put this all together. Unfortunately I spent the majority of my week going to and from home and did not get a chance to sit down and look at all of this until this weekend. Regardless I think I got everything put together and completed the requirements for our class so far.

I have never had my own domain nor do I have much experience with blogging of any sort. The part that I had the most trouble with was simply understanding the fundamentals of getting wordpress to work correctly. Sadly I must admit that the what I struggle with most is the bouncing back and forth between web page and email constantly confirming this and that. However, once I got registered for my domain site and everything had been confirmed the rest was not too bad. I had, and am still having, a bit of trouble understanding all the formatting within wordpress but am slowly becoming adapted to its functions. The next task on the list of things to do was set up accounts for the listed websites. I use Soundcloud quite regularly and already had a youtube and Twitter account. The only site that I needed to register for and learn to use was Flickr. Setting up Flickr and uploading pictures was easy to do and did not take much time.

The last thing on the list now was to begin becoming familiar with noir. As I imagine most people did, I googled definitions of noir before I began looking into actual noir pieces. After reading descriptions and seeing a few representations of what noir was, I began categorizing films and some television shows that accurately represented noir to me. Something about this type of film seemed so nostalgic to me yet I could not quite put my finger on why. The first things that came to mind were some movies I had seen when I was younger, Bugsy Malone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Clue the movie and The Mask all popped into my head. I think a lot of what made these movies stand out to me was the wardrobe and general atmosphere of the films. After further thought and examination I concluded that only Who Framed Roger Rabbit could really fit into the noir category. I also thought of the television shows Twin Peaks and True Detective. Twin Peaks is a show from the early 90’s while True Detective is more recent. Both shows are very dark and mysterious, the characters all seem to be motivated by off screen actions. The protagonists float through morally ambiguous situations that focus around the mystery at hand. I then proceeded to investigate the list of noir pieces listed on the noir website. I was already quite familiar with The Dark Knight, Sin City and Watchmen, so I decided to watch the pretty little liars episode along with the three cartoons that were listed. The pretty little liars episode struck me as what noir is “expected” to be. Almost like a tourist attraction trying to give the entire ‘noir’ experience in a short concentrated dose. Nonetheless, the episode seemed like a decent homage to film noir and stayed true to many of its elements. The cartoons were a little more subtle in their noir-esque qualities but could certainly be considered noir as well. I was happy to see Watchmen and Sin City listed as noir as they are two of my favorite movies. I also really enjoy The Dark Knight but I must admit that I do not understand how it could so easily be considered noir. At least to me it seemed more of a stretch then the other two. Watchmen especially stands out to me as a recent example of film noir. The characters are all morally questionable and have entire backgrounds that influence their decisions. The entire movie is told on a dark and rather depressing note and even ends with a partially happy partially sad ending. As a whole I have enjoyed learning what I have learned so far about film noir and hope to learn much more throughout the semester

Here is a link to my introduction page


My name is Philip Dorch and I am a senior political science major at UMW and this is my introduction to ds106,

first off, here is a picture of me,

Picture of myself

I really do not have a lot of current photos of myself so I had to just take this while sitting here


Here’s another picture, this is a very iconic photo of one of my favorite places in the world, Nantucket



and here is a song I like by an artist I really like if you’re at all interested

Overall I am pretty exited to learn about creating and maintaining a domain space as well as learning about film Noir as a whole