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You should look up the work of Bernard Faucon. He populated his scenes with mannequins plus the occasional human.
A woman walking home tonight was carrying a large fashion bag completely covered with the bold chest of a very fit implied naked bloke, so I guess that's an acceptable genre for shopping bags now.
Maybe he can't afford a model? If it was a woman taking a shot of a male mannequin in a shop window, would you class her as a pervert? Why is it men who are the pervs? Why not take shots of mannequins. What's the difference taking a shot of a live model or a mannequin? Maybe some people are obsessed that men with cameras are pervs!
I'm not obsessed with men having cameras or taking pics but, to me, it's just plain creepy taking pics of shop dummies wearing lingerie but I am a woman!
I know of a 1950s mannequin for sale - £65 - mind you I suspect she's all overcoat and no knickers.
i guess the guy who said why didnt you ask him ? to save speculation
one of the best things i bought on ebay last year was a mannequin. I got it to play with flashes and relearn lighting techniques....... i think everyone should have one...
Polystyrene and paint, real people are easier.
I often photograph shop window mannequins, they make for a record of the clothes we wear and I love using shop windows to create surreal scenes as they often reflect the world around the window as well ( if you set the exposure right)
I think the proliferation of pornography both legal and illegal, but readily available on the internet has made the idea of the "Dirty mac brigade masquerading as amateur photographer " slightly redundant, and I say slightly because,
there is as ever a crop of willing amateur pornographers who are now using cameraphones to capture what is known as "Up the skirt" shots, these really are the "Pervs" to watch out for, several websites exist that are exclusively devoted to posting such illegal shots, the demand for user generated content on amateur porn sites just encourages the supply, and prosecution is difficult because many times the victims are totally unaware that they have been photographed.
I have to add that I feel sort of sorry for this man if all he did was stand by a shop window taking pictures of mannequins, I don't think it was in the least from the details in the original post questionable behavior, and it makes me wonder if you really have thought it through ?
Just what kind of Jollies do you think someone would get from a shop window display? its in public and designed in the hope that it will attract you
in to buying the featured items, highly and purposely visible to Men, women, children, and police officers.
Quote: I often photograph shop window mannequins
So do I
If this thread becomes the Mannequin Group, I want my posts removed.
Has anyone thought that the photographer might have been using the shop window as a ....Self-Portrait Mirror?.........I have done this in the past, especially if the reflected background adds to the effect..........
Is this an ageist view applied to only single older men to embarrass them into certain confirming behavior styles?
Should it equally be applied to men an women in life art drawing groups.
or should it equally be applied to the patrons of the shows in the west end like Caberet or viewers of films like moulen rouge?
just because this guy is old and doing his hobby alone, and one assumes from the scene, not looking rich, we assume that he is up to no good!
When might you be old enough to be classified in this way?
where on the scale would a 9 or 90 year old male watching one of our many prime time risky pop videos suddenly be able to wear the dirty on man label?
Should we as photographers look past the stereotypes and try and see that initial negative attitudes towards each others behaviour will sometimes only damage our interest area. I think that as fellow camera holders, large or small, we should say hi to each other on the street and be more social than excluding, then we may often find we can celebrate art and beauty ind all its forms. We would also be more likely to see if the few were upto no good.
Cycling is another area i love, Cyclists will almost always greet each other and support each other.
Vivian Maier was a street photograpgher who frewuently used the shop windows as a mirror so that she didn't get a reaction to the camera from her subject - this meant that she ofter appeared in her own pictures.
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