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.