Mannequin in a shop window along Queen’s Road in central Bristol; 17 July 2014.

This headless mannequin with her fantastically patterned dress was immediately striking as I walked by, and a composition comprising this patterning, and her forearms and hands, came to mind.

Then, post-capture, her arms and hands were converted into silhouettes against a paler backdrop (in which dashed lines from the shop’s display remain), to retain the human element – because take away her arms and hands and we could be looking at a jazzily decorated coffin!  And then restoration of the dress’s pale blues, to further enliven the design.

To see other mannequin images, click onto the mannequins tag below.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: G11 PowerShot at 140mm (equivalent); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Push Process by 3 stops preset, with selective restoration of colour.




About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. As Michael noted, this image is hypnotic. Incredible!


  2. Goff James says:

    Another great image, Adrian. I have re-blogged. Have a great day.


  3. bluebrightly says:

    Masterful – well, everything – the original photo (must have been good!) the toning, the framing, all of it.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    Very striking and very jazzily processed (great new adverb–must remember it)!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderfully creative image, Adrian. Love the hands in silhouette.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. oneowner says:

    Wonderful image, A!


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