"Ce n'est qu'un mannequin"

translation <it's just a mannequin>


Purchased from an antique shop to practice portraiture, lighting and camera techniques. 


The vintage mannequin has a sense of life. It has plenty of signs of wear and tear, cracks and imperfections but it still retains its original intention and impact, as a shop model.  There is a certain sorrow, of something that was once beautiful, modelling in a boutique or department store, now only a torso and redundant.  


The images offer up a visual impact and sexuality that is human like, but it is just a mannequin, an inanimate object.



The title resonates with “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” – “this is not a pipe” by Rene Magritte, and the treachery of an image.  Clearly a mannequin but it still manages to convey human empathy.

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