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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Two: Travel Incongruities > Biker shop, Seligman, Arizona, 2009.
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14-APR-2009

Biker shop, Seligman, Arizona, 2009.

Hundreds of bikers regularly rumble along Historic Route 66 in Northern Arizona, and this biker shop in Seligman welcomes their business with a pair of lifelike mannequins hanging around its entrance. Mannequins are no stranger to this gallery they are often incongruous. (Almost three years earlier, in fact, I photographed another mannequin at this same shop in Seligman: http://www.pbase.com/image/63555669 ) Such incongruity can take different forms in my 2006 image, the incongruity rested in seeing the flaws upon an otherwise perfect face. In this image, however, the incongruity comes in how lifelike the mannequins appear as they pose and relax amidst the furniture in front of the shop. They seem ready for company, only none is in sight.

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Phil Douglis06-May-2018 19:36
Mannequins are intended to incongruous, pretending to be human when dressed in human clothing, Merri. I can see why you are imagining a mannequin in pajamas sleeping on the roof as well. If I had seen such a sight, I doubt if I would have framed the image as I did. I am not sure what that that slice of fabric on the roof actually represents. I may not have even noticed it up there at all, because I was obviously fully committed to the strangely costumed mannequins down below. (Now you will have me forever wondering if there really was a guy sleeping up there on the roof!)
Merri 06-May-2018 00:43
Wait! Is there also a mannequin on the roof?! Dressed in pajamas? The two "ladies" waiting under the awning present an incongruous picture to me because of the way they are dressed. How funny. I wonder who is in charge of wardrobe at this place?
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