Ceci n’est pas une pipe (‘The Treachery of images’)

What is an image is only ever an image. That was the point made by Belgian artist René Magritte in 1928/9, who painted a picture of a pipe and wrote in large letters underneath ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’. The painting is a representation of a pipe, not an actual pipe itself, hence the negative caption given.

Furthermore, any image of Magritte’s favourite pipe painting found by googling ‘Magritte Pipe image’ would only be a digital representation of that painting and not the actual painting itself…

Anyway, it’s a little joke photographer Mark C Haskins wanted to play with and refer to when photographing me and a few other ladies. He gave each model a pipe (a real one) and photographed what we did with it. Mine is above and you can see others in a slideshow video here.

It was fun to work with Mark in Mexico after failing to align our schedules in Germany previously. I remember laughing with him over an Eddie Izzard sketch – no idea how we got on to that!

2 thoughts on “Ceci n’est pas une pipe (‘The Treachery of images’)

  1. Ah yes Eddie, I don’t recall either how we got there, but fun it was! I believe it related to a double entendre, which when I think of it fit wonderfully with “The Treachery of Images.” Such splendid memories all around! Thanks for sharing your talents and playing along so splendidly with the Magritte theme.


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