Ears, ears, ears…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s black panther is the shy ginger one.

Shall we have another flick through that very strange book, Looking at Faces and Remembering Them (1971) by Jacques Penry?

Jacques was the inventor of the Photofit system of facial identification which was taken up and used by police forces all over the world. Poking through the shelves in a junk shop I was drawn to this book when I spotted the pages full of isolated eyes, noses, ears, etc. Surrealism doesn’t get any better than this!
What shall we have today dear reader? How about a page of ears? It’s not often you can ask that, it is?

DSCN3669No, but really, isn’t this weird?… It’s not just the ears, but the fact that Jacques has included details of the owners of these ears. What he is doing is pointing out that a pair of ears generally doesn’t bear much relation to the face to which they are attached.
He says, ‘… the kind of ear you might expect to see on a ballet dancer may be attached to the head of a stevedore and vice versa. Or the ears of a teenage Chinese schoolboy could have something in common with a middle-aged Irish woman, or a Pakistani clerk or an American Senator, for ears are no respecters of persons…’
To me, glancing at this page for a few minutes, they all start to look like rashers of bacon… Yes, I’ll have a British princess, an Israeli general, a London financier, a fried egg, a tomato, and a slice of toast please… What? The London financier is off?… Alright I’ll have the Italian tenor instead…

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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