Hooray! At last it's Carly's turn in the Round Robin Photo Challenges! Her topic is "Mannequins." Sounds fun and easy, right? But sometimes things are not what they seem....
I headed over to an Unnamed Mall Department Store after work. I'd seen some interesting mannequins displayed there. I spent a few minutes discreetly photographing some of the better ones, and was on my way out when a security guard caught up with me. He very politely told me that no photography was allowed without prior permission from Customer Service, and that furthermore, the mall as a whole had the same policy. (First I'd heard of this, having taken lots of photos in the food court, in front of the outside entrances, and even in this particular store with a clerk's permission a year ago.) I explained that I was supposed to take pictures of mannequins, and he said he understood that sometimes people have "projects" to do--but not without permission. So I thought I'd go ask at Customer Service, and that's when he added the words, "during business hours".
"Too bad," I said, "I got some good shots, I thought."
"Well, you already have them."
"But you don't want me to use them."
"Well...do what you have to do. But next time, ask first."
So I will. I'm not naming the store or the employee. I don't want him to get into trouble for being nice.
I went to another store after that, not at the mall. They said I'd need to call the district manager for permission to take a photo. I told them I would do that - if I ever again needed to take photos at their store! Seems unlikely. This is the second time I've run into hinkiness about photos at a place of business. Bummer.
I'm going to cheat now, and use screen captures to show you what mannequins really mean to me. In England they're called "shop window dummies," and they can be deadly -- at least on Doctor Who! See, there's this alien called the Nestene Consciousness, made of living plastic. It can take control of anything made of plastic, including dolls, plastic flowers, and shop window dummies. The Nestene's killer mannequins are called Autons. They first appeared in the very first serial about the Third Doctor, Spearhead from Space, back in 1970. They returned, in cahoots with the Master, in his first appearance a year later, in Terror of the Autons. Then in 2005, Rose Tyler faced death by Auton in a locked cellar until a stranger grabbed her hand and said, "Run!"
Don't ask me how, but a Nestene-controlled shop window dummy comes equipped with a recessed gun inside its wrist. When a conspiracy theorist named Clive sees an Auton, he knows a) that he was right about the Doctor, and b) he's about to die.
When Rose and the Doctor confront the Nestene Consciousness, it captures the Doctor and sends a signal through the London Eye (a giant observation wheel), causing the Autons to attack. Rose's mum, Jackie, is on the verge of being a statistic when Rose rescues the Doctor, causing his vial of "anti-plastic" to fall into the Nestene's vat. The Autons collapse, and Jackie is saved. Hooray!
So I'm wondering, are there any sinister secrets in those dummies I photographed today? Should I be afraid?
Now go see the other entries in this Challenge, and maybe join in yourself--if you dare!
Carly - POSTED!
Nancy - POSTED!
Nancy Luvs Pics
Karen - POSTED!
Janet - POSTED!
Fond Of Photography
Long Drives To Nowhere
Vicki - POSTED!