Monday, June 21, 2010

Why Not Just Use Berlin?

So I'm seriously in need of a new mannequin for my shop. My old one is beginning to get a little bit funky in the back and it is too big for anything smaller than a size 8 (and somehow also doesn't work for some larger clothes like the last photograph of the 1950s shirtwaist dress, which is a size 10, and the first photograph of the late 1950s striped dress and matching jacket, which is a size 12.) I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do. I'd rather use the one I have until I simply can't and I don't really want to buy a second smaller one because it would be just floating around the apartment and our place isn't really that big. In the meantime, I've decided to simply use Berlin as a backdrop. The dark gray is the front of an apartment building on M├╝llenhofstrasse in Kreuzberg's Graefekiez and the white is in the fabulous Riehmers Hofgarten where I would love to have an apartment but where it's pretty much impossible to get one....


  1. I'm loving the building backgrounds! I used to shoot outdoors on our deck, and the light was so fabulous, but I was always at the mercy of the temperature, wind, and of course how much/little sunshine was available. I wish I had good advice on how to find a mannequin in Berlin. Here, we just seem to run across them in our usual treasure-hunting travels. I have a dress form and a mannequin, that, so far, seem to handle most of what I have to sell. If not, I just hang in on my wall (but a boring photo studio lab wall, not a cool German apartment building, like you!).

  2. Thanks Karen. It's been a lot of fun experimenting with different types of photographs.