As a feminist it doesn't take much to get me to griping about fairy tales and how they perpetuate the idea that young women should all be waiting for some prince charming to save them. That's one reason I find photographer Dina Goldstein's project "Fallen Princesses" so compelling.
In the project Goldstein places fairy tale icons into real-world backgrounds creating shocking, thought-provoking images. I stumbled upon it this summer, but never got around to writing about it. Goldstein is now getting international attention for the project, which will be on exhibit next month in Vancouver. So I just had to tell you all about it.
Here are a few of the images I found most intriguing:
Goldstein has said this of her project:
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.
Click here to learn more about Fallen Princesses and to see more images.