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 still creates an impact, as it must have once in a boutique or department store. Now only a torso and redundant, I hope the photos have given it life.
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.