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Shop window models


GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
31 Jan 2013 8:54AM
When a bloke collectively gives other men the creeps then you probably have cause to worry. We all paint people with a very broad brush at times, but men are capable of having aesthetic and creative thoughts that are not derived from the groin. Frequently when I've taken photos of mannequins in a window they've been juxtaposed with the reflection. Sometimes they're just grouped in a casual way that might be interesting. I took a photo of a nude female mannequin at Stockman in Paris with the street reflected. Juxtaposing statues and mannequins often seems to bring them to life; gives them a perspective; makes for a more interesting photo. But still, the people waiting at the zebra crossing behind me probably thought I was just recording a pair of very false breasts for my own dubious entertainment. The trick is not to care, which becomes more difficult when the accusation is more vile.

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Gillygems 3 32 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:11AM
I use reflections but don't include shop models - must try it! The last reflection I took was a window full of paper aeroplanes at the Liverpool Biannual last year - looked as though I was among them with the Waterfront reflected too. Perhaps I should pose among the lingerie models too and take a self-portrait!
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
31 Jan 2013 9:13AM
Maybe it was the fact that he quickly lowered his camera when spotted that was the root cause of the unease? If he was a genuine "artistic" tog he would have carried on regardless.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 10:23AM
He may well have been artistic but was second guessing what other people may think and reacted nervously.
Cephus 10 2.2k England
31 Jan 2013 12:11PM

Quote:I use reflections but don't include shop models - must try it! The last reflection I took was a window full of paper aeroplanes at the Liverpool Biannual last year - looked as though I was among them with the Waterfront reflected too. Perhaps I should pose among the lingerie models too and take a self-portrait!



Paper plane fetish??

Now that makes me feel uneasy.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
31 Jan 2013 5:44PM

Quote:Maybe it was the fact that he quickly lowered his camera when spotted that was the root cause of the unease? If he was a genuine "artistic" tog he would have carried on regardless


I doubt he had anything to hide, most street photographers are a little shy or feel uncomfortable in the early days.
Cephus 10 2.2k England
31 Jan 2013 8:44PM

Quote:Maybe it was the fact that he quickly lowered his camera when spotted that was the root cause of the unease? If he was a genuine "artistic" tog he would have carried on regardless

I doubt he had anything to hide, most street photographers are a little shy or feel uncomfortable in the early days.



What can you expect with attitudes like this??



Quote: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!.
Gillygems 3 32 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 8:51PM
But Cephus you are a man!
Weasellady 13 51 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:07PM
At least it was mannequins and not young children that he was photographing and he was out in the open.
It sounds like he was just enjoying his hobby and finding different things to photograph.
I remember reading of someone who photographed scenes using tiny 2" nude models and mock up landscapes and settings.
The pictures were very tastefully done and not in the least offensive to the viewer.
I can't see the difference between photographing the 2" models and full sized plastic models.
The man in question probably just felt uncomfortable being watched. I think if someone was watching me, it would put me off too.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 9:16PM
I expect he was taking photos to support his complaint to the council about inappropriate shop window displays.
Really, it's obvious, isn't it ?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
31 Jan 2013 9:29PM

Quote:I expect he was taking photos to support his complaint to the council about inappropriate shop window displays.
Really, it's obvious, isn't it ?



Nah, its obvious, he was a mystery shopper Smile
Cephus 10 2.2k England
31 Jan 2013 9:53PM

Quote:But Cephus you are a man!


With a camera!
31 Jan 2013 9:53PM
What if it had been a woman taking the pictures? Would the 'creepy' feeling still apply?

Its impossible to say what he was photographing and/or why without seeing the images and asking him, but its very easy to jump to conclusions and stereotype
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
31 Jan 2013 10:13PM
Come to this thread late, but can't see what the hoo ha's about. Lots of people take shots of mannequins and shop windows. You can get some really surreal and silly images, and some retro images are really historic and interesting. Duh! What's the problem?
Gillygems 3 32 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 10:19PM
Dirty old men!

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