The ‘meaningful’ photograph…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: ‘nutant’, ‘fungibles’, ‘peen’, and ‘dipleidoscope’.
Yes, these are real words; please look them up and feel free to introduce them into your conversation today.

So… it was one of the last shopping days before Christmas, and I had met my good friend Eva Mae (up in Dulltown from London for the festive season) to go and slouch in a couple of cafes, drink tea, and eat cakes. Of course I don’t do Christmas shopping, and Eva Mae had done hers, but she thought that we might drift into House of Fraser and look at some ‘frocks’ and other girly things… I said that was fine by me…
When, after seeing everything available, she disappeared into the changing room with arms full of garments to try on, I had to mooch slowly about the women’s fashion department waiting for her. She would occasionally pop her head around the curtain and shout, ‘…and how does this one look?’… I responded with carefully considered observations – one can easily put one’s foot in it on such occasions!
During the interludes, and avoiding eye contact with the bored assistants, I started to look at the black faceless mannequins standing around the place displaying the ‘frocks’, tops, scarves, and skirts. (I like the word ‘frocks’ – it is so old-fashioned…) I took out my little camera and snapped some quick shots of them – I wasn’t sure whether photography is allowed in department stores, so I was a bit surreptitious about it… I hummed nonchalantly as I clicked…
This picture is nice isn’t it? Quite surreal really! A bit like the French flag, and that black shiny hand against the white background has great presence – for a moment you think that it might be a real hand, then you spot the join at the wrist.
As a photograph I have no idea ‘what it’s about’, but it certainly has an air of… something or other, which attracts the eye… Mm… strangeness…
Yes, we left the shop skipping and happy, Eva Mae with a skirt and a top or two, and me with my camera heavy with two or three nice pictures in it…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to The ‘meaningful’ photograph…

  1. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    It’s a wonderful photo! And you were quite the gentleman for not grousing about having to endure that ordeal. Ugh. I hate clothes shopping and I’d never put anyone else through it with me!

  2. its a nice pic. and cutting off the pic, to show half the model, makes the clothes look fat on the model, and appear to make the model look fat which i find rather funny. as these models are so skinny it is wicked.

  3. The black hand meets le tricolore. Perhaps it represents Corsican mafia? Or any French mafia, just they came to mind first.

    But my dear Dave, I don’t know why you put frock in quote marks. It is a perfectly acceptable word – it must be, I use it all the time – and putting it in quotes could lead people to think it isn’t. Next you will be putting pinny in quotes. Please refrain from such subversive behaviour next year.

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