'Fallen Princesses' Not so Little Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine at war, Belle, Snowy ... Photographer Dina Goldstein is taking Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. The '...happily ever after' is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.
We just love the idea and the execution. It kind of kill the magic so don't show this to your kid even if they cannot stop screaming around, just let them dream because sometimes, that's all we've got ...
That and making fun of other people ;-)
"The project was inspired by my observation of three-year-old girls, who were developing an interest in Disney's Fairy tales. As a new mother I have been able to get a close up look at the phenomenon of young girls fascinated with Princesses and their desire to dress up like them. The Disney versions almost always have sad beginning, with an overbearing female villain, and the end is predictably a happy one. The Prince usually saves the day and makes the victimized young beauty into a Princess."
"As a young girl, growing up abroad, I was not exposed to Fairy tales. These new discoveries lead to my fascination with the origins of Fairy tales. I explored the original brothers Grimm's stories and found that they have very dark and sometimes gruesome aspects, many of which were changed by Disney. I began to imagine Disney's perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues."
There are 2 more to be shot for this series which is going on exhibit on Oct. 15/09