Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Psycho-Sartorial Portrait

Cabinet card of the 1890s. The eyes look slightly frightened--at odds with the bravado and technical confidence of the mustache. The card has three pinholes in it around the subject's mouth (click image to see them); one right at the tip of one of the mustache points. All three look like tiny bullet-holes. Why would someone make these neat little punctures? This 'pinprick mystery' is then ramified, coincidentally, by the striking tie-pin, keeping shirt and cravat together. Conclusion? --some sort of niggling self-division one senses in this now-dead man.

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