PEOPLE 218 – MANNEQUIN
June 12, 2016 12 Comments
I’ve taken quite a few pictures of mannequins (not sure I can bring myself to call them dummies) in shop windows over the years – and this one, in this shop, has in fact already featured on this blog, here.
Mannequins are often visually striking – but that’s what they’re for, after all. And I suppose I’m fascinated by their visual closeness to us, a kind of idealised “half-way house” between inanimate materials and ourselves.
Idealised? Certainly. Just look at her faultless complexion, like an air-brushed model in some glossy magazine. And then the crimson slash of those full lips, and all that presumably synthetic but still beautifully cascading hair.
But what really gets to me here is the level, unblinking stare of her eye with its long lashes and artfully inserted, false highlight. That eye fixes me, it holds me in its gaze. And I’m unsure whether it is censuring my living vulnerability, ageing and decaying on every day since my birth, or making some mute and desperate plea to become a part of Life’s beautiful impermanence.
D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO.