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Mentges is focused on clothes, but the goggles were undoubtedly part of this distinctive appearance. Out of the air, pilots also attracted attention for their seemingly undisciplined demeanor—“relaxed manner” and “non-military carriage;” a deliberately slow, lazy way of walking which was indifferent to the severity of the situation and quite provocative to the German Army. Their display of ease, “contempt for death,” and competence with the modern world even invited comparisons with the regency dandy, a “cool” figure discussed in Chapter 2, from German author Ernst Junger (Mentges 2000: 31).
But the man too sees himself flashing up physiognomically… Even the eyes of passers-by are hanging mirrors. (2002: 537) Gazing into one of the new display windows, the self was reflected alongside the mannequins, offering a comparison between what already was and what could (or should) be, resulting in the sense of standing on a shiny, semi-transparent threshold between reality and fantasies of the self. In the 1920s, Atget’s photographs of shop windows readily illustrated this, with the mannequins, the clothing, the street and its passers-by all reflected in one confusing plane.
Once the camera became portable enough to take outside, and to be used on a moving subject, the unnaturally still and expressionless studio shot with the air of a timeless vacuum gave 34 COOL SHADES way to the “decisive moment” of the snapshot. Although this might appear to restore the focus lost by our human eyes, Paul Virilio says that the snapshot photograph became a kind of marker for “the hidden but nevertheless imagined sequence” (Virilio 1998: 22). We cannot help but consider the possible other images surrounding the single shot.