We wandered around the shop and I reshot several of the manikins I had photographed yesterday. Alcy mentioned to the shop owner that they had a interestingly eclectic collection of merchandise and asked where she got it. The owner said that she just got what she found interesting and that she was a little strange.
I thought she was perfectly normal but that is probably because I am a little strange. There is a sizable collection of life size Halloween figures but that is not what I found most interesting.
I have shot unclothed manikins in a number of shops in the past and there is one blue one here that I photographed. But it, because of the color, looks more like a sculpture than a manikin. However, there are three adult manikins that I found more difficult to raise the camera to my eye because they are partially dressed. Yes, I have probably shot partially dressed manikins before but never ones that were dressed only above the waist.
You feel a little perverted photographing manikins that are totally naked below the waist. Young people can possibly do that but for old people that is almost a Captain Kangaroo No No. Okay, so I am perverted.
The most interesting is a male manikin that is near the entrance, right next to the counter where the lady that checks you out works--that was the most difficult. He is wearing only a military cap and a woman's fringed jacket. He is holding a woman's tote. Yesterday I shot two in the back of the store but today I was determined to shoot the one in the front. None of them are good photographs--or even necessarily interesting. But sometimes you just have to do what you find difficult so in my opinion they are successful.
The male manikin in the back is also wearing a woman's fringed jacket but with the lens I was using I could only show the jacket from the back. This begs the question as to the intended content. Maybe the owner is just being whimsical or maybe it is a comment on her opinion of men. Shortly after we talked with her she left with a man that I assumed to be her husband. They both appeared quite normal. I really wanted to ask but I thought just getting the photographs was stretching so I didn't.