From the moment I first saw Eva, I knew she was perfect for this blog, most importantly: her lips were perfect. Her face was professionally made-up and her wig looked like real hair. She was wearing a T-shirt with “Happy” written on it and she looked.... happy.
She is nothing like the alien creatures with their white plastic injection molded sameness in the all other shop windows up and down Maximillianstrasse in Speyer or in cities all around the world. I decided to call her Eva because she looked so incredibly life-like as she stood dreamily with closed eyes in the afternoon sun. She is perfect but has imperfections all over which make her even more human. There is a bruise on her elbow from her frequent falls which I found so endearing that I did not crop the photo and included the full frame also showing her happy T-shirt.
Most modern mannequins are disembodied, that is, bodies without a head, hands or feet. Sometimes there’s a plastic blob on top of a neck but without a face or without any kind of human features.
The photos of Eva are the result of my plan B for the topic of “lips”. I had originally wanted to shoot something completely different. I didn't want to post a photo of lips from a real person, and with data protection laws I didn't want to have to ask for permission either.
Here’s the story behind Plan A.
My husband is busy on his computer and I'm looking through the upcoming topics for 365 challenge. The conversation went something like this:
Me: "Hey honey, I've got to photograph lips next week."
Me: "I'd love to photograph a neon sign in the shape of lips, because I don't want to post a photo of a real person."
He is working on this computer, not looking up.
Me: "An erotic bookstore-type shop might have some kind of sign like that, right?
Husband: "yeah, I guess so." he says, now looking up at me.
Me: "Do you know where I would find one around here?"
Husband: "No, honey. I have no idea."
I think about this for a moment.
Me: "That is a really good answer..."