My first impulse here was triggered by the female forms; that came with my Y chromosome. Then
come questions about luxury, wealth and advertising (how much do you need to shop at Anne Taylor on a
Compositionally, this image can be read as being about abstract curved forms
and colors, the mix of scales linked by the necklaces on both women, and the overlaying and
ambiguous lines of the forground reflections.
For the insiders there is a weak ironic joke about postmodern appropriation and
who has made a fortune from "re-photographing" the works of other people and presenting
them as his own; in particular a series of cowboys lifted from Malboro cigarette
advertisements. In a sense, every store window I photograph is to some degree an appropriation
and repurposing of someone else's creative effort. Here, I am pulling a "Richard Prince" and
reshooting a photograph, except that in my case it is of a woman not a cowboy and the result is much smaller
than the original.
If you are viewing this page from within a selection rather than through the
Store Life 2004 album, of the site wide image catalog, then you might not realize that the first version of
this image posted was manipulated with Photoshop to the point of ceasing
to be a photograph, taking on a Warhol Marilyn Monroe screen print appearence.