The glamour of the air

By mrswoolybill
Something that fascinates me the way that as fashions change, shop-window mannequins are cast out from classy stores and find their way down the pecking order into other employment.
Some of them have found a home at Brenzett's Aeronautical Museum, modelling WW2 RAF uniforms.
The face was quite softly painted, so I ignored the portraitist's mantra of always focus on the eye and focused on the mask. Later on I wondered if I should have focused on the eyes so I went back hoping to try again. That's when I found out that the place only opens two days a week...
More glamour fallen on hard times tomorrow.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract

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AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:03AM
You are such a great observer Moira! I walked past these but it didn't occur to question their earlier existences. Love both versions. Smile

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:04AM
It makes a fascinating thumbnail in the first place Moira
I like the angle and the crop, and even though the eye is not in focus I still find I am drawn to it - its almost memorising
2 well captured shots Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:05AM
A rather nice foreword, and two great images, especially version 2, great use of Depth of field, so much so that it has brought this classic Fighter Plane back to life.

Regards Nathan
Ray42 10 3 England
6 Aug 2012 8:15AM
Two great shots Moira - now you will have to come back and visit us again to get that other shot
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:44AM
Interesting set Moira, I quite like version 1 as is.

Like the way you focused on the mask giving it more impact the eye still draws you in and works so well. it takes a good eye to know when to leave an eye out, lol, good work.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Aug 2012 8:47AM
I think the focussing on the mask, and not the eye, works so very well, Moira. Carol
The pilot who once wore Prada...

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 Aug 2012 8:52AM
great close up.Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:53AM

Quote:The pilot who once wore Prada...
I like that, I was thinking of the pilot in high heels. Thanks everyone, I'll catch up here later.
tony64 14 204 9 England
6 Aug 2012 9:04AM
Thought you'd gone all 'steampunk' on us for a moment!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 9:34AM
Think the focusing on the mask spot on with this one
What a weirdly wondeful image is V1 .. full of contrasts
Sezz 13 617 15 England
6 Aug 2012 10:49AM
I agree with Barbara re V1 and I love V2, excellent work taken through the glass! I tried but nothing as good Sad

Sarah *
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 11:49AM
That would be one for the history books Moira,
that we won the Battle of Britain because our pilots wore high heels.
I wonder what Mr Churchill would have made of that one ?
Well observed shots here.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
6 Aug 2012 12:16PM
The breaking of the rules in v1 make the image. Very effectively composed. You have a great eye for details.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Aug 2012 1:23PM
It would be all about which story you want to tell.
Also, I like the focus on the nose and propellor blades!
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
6 Aug 2012 1:28PM
From the thumb I thought this was a veiled air hostess - a trolley dolly - from a 'conservative' airline somewhere to the east of us.
For a WW2 pilot, she is displaying rather a lot of make-up...not sure that would be within the restrictions of uniform regulations, old girl, what?

As for Mick's heel comment, I have it on good authority that Biggles was Brenda at the weekendsWink

Suehh 11 39 6 England
6 Aug 2012 1:31PM
I really love these two images Moira - V2 is excellently photographed with the focusing exquisite --- and somehow V1 just pulls me right in there - the comp is wonderful and so much more interesting than the usual - please accept my little award - I have really enjoyed looking at these fascinating and deliciously different images.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
6 Aug 2012 4:12PM
Excellent use of that 1.8 lens Moira.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 4:15PM
Biggles as Brenda at the weekend may not be that far fetch.
I have mentioned here before that we had a train driver where I worked
who liked to wear womens clothes on his days off.
He actually appeared on a TV programme about his little ''hobby'' !!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
6 Aug 2012 5:07PM
Sounds a good excuse for another visit, Moira! Works for me as you've captured both Wink
Trev Smile
6 Aug 2012 6:10PM
Well spotted Moira, and who knows where She might find Herself next ???

John Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
6 Aug 2012 6:28PM that a Spitfire in V2?? Lovely model AND with the engine casing off. Cool Smile

Moira, I love the focus in V1. I'm so glad you ignored the 'rule'. And I have to say something that doesn't need saying: You not only have a great eye but a great mind's eye...

...for the sheer contemplation of the mannequin's journey through our human lives.

Andrew Smile
VivienO 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 7:02PM
A fascinating image Moira and love the way you've cropped it tight. I like the sharp focus on the mask rather than the eyes as it gives them a slightly dreamy quality. Very enigmatic.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 7:37PM
2 very good shots, we have a museum nearby re WW2 and its only open Bank Holidays and school holidays (how about that) Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 9:09PM
Thanks to everyone who has visited here today. I took several pictures of this lady, all relatively close up, the others a little more direct on the face. This one worked for me, she seems sad, mysterious. It's had some work - I've desaturated colour by about (from memory) 40% as the museum has a lot of nasty yellow.
My Resident Technical Expert says that V2 is a Hawker Typhoon with a 24-cylinder Napier Sabre engine. The model was quite tiny, maybe a wing span of 25-30cm.
7 Aug 2012 2:21PM
Love the eye lashes, by the way when I saw Chiliman getting very excited I thought," yeah I am too but I think it is a Hawker Typhoon," so I am in full agreement with your technical expert! ( I am a bit boring on Planes...)

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 6:00PM
Many thanks to Sue, her award came through and I'm delighted to receive it!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Aug 2012 6:19PM
Excellent work Moira, I had to chuckle at Mibee's comments, that what working with Mick does to people! lol
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 7:36PM
Really like these Moira exceptionally different hats off to you.SmileSmileSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 Aug 2012 7:36AM
Oops! Misidentification of the 'Spitfire' Grin

What's really embarrassing is the very first proper Airfix model I had was of a Hawker Typhoon! A really small one. Well, I had a snap together model of a Gnat...but it was a snap together so that doesn't count Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
9 Aug 2012 4:16PM
#2 looks like a toy...
quite like the focus in #1
rules are not meant to be broken / nor to be followed : useful most of the time, but not all the time (well I mean I use them... or not)
tony64 14 204 9 England
2 Sep 2012 9:21AM
I think you might like parallax's upload a few days ago?

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