Once upon a time…
What it is
Here I present you two different set of photos:
• One by the photographer Dina Goldstein. Her goal was to put all the popular Disney princesses in modern-day scenarios to show the several different issues women face everyday.
Throughout her series of photos Dina Goldstein wanted to put the princesses go through different issues such as addiction, self-image, illness, cancer, cosmetic surgery, bad diet and war.
• The other one by the French Benjamin Béchet, which also shows us Disney characters in less positive daily life situations, like selling flowers, swiping the floor, being homeless, smoking, being lonely, et al.
Why it is Cool
It seems that what we see in these pictures, is much more than fairytale characters going through real-life situation. In fact, we can identify a mature vision and comprehension of a clash of what was promised to them both (Dina Goldstein and Benjamin Béchet) as a child, and what they actually got in the real adult life.
We can also understand the constant pressure that women live in today’s society, where she needs to be able to be pretty and perfectly shaped, while taking care of its home and fighting for more power and respect in work environments.
Furthermore, if we analyze it even closer, we can understand that there is in fact a funny way to see things, like fairytales are for kids and celebrities are for adults!
But there is a problem, Celebrities are not perfect, in fact, they do drugs, get into fights, go to jail, et al, but in the end they still get the applause, a laugh or a cry from those around them the so called “media” and “fans”!
Although, we are increasingly testifying a growth of celebrities aimed to the youngsters (like Justin Bieber; Hanna Montana; Willow Smith, et al), as a result of a premature growth in newest generations, now more than ever adults try to get more sense out of what was promised to them.
Maybe this is the way for adults to say that they demand more reality out of their lives, that they are tired of seeing celebrities being treated like gods/goddesses, thus needing more trueness and less made up novels created by the media to sell more!
The question is: where are the heros, princes and princesses of our current times?