The opening words Once Upon a Time eludes to a fairy tale of mystery and magic and the inevitable Happily Ever After, but what if happily every after never comes? Photographer Dina Goldstein shows us her take on our beloved Disney fairytale Princesses and generates a brand new wonderment about where would they be and their surroundings, in our day and age.
She fixes each character in a current day scenario that addresses practical outcomes and current issues. Snow White is trapped in a domestic living nightmare, surrounded by a bunch of unkempt children while her prince charming (I use that word loosely) sits chilling in the background not lifting a finger. Or, what about Rapunzel, loosing all of her hair and faced with dealing with cancer, her hair now a wig she adorns.
Or Sleeping Beauty, the lead character in her reality show, finally succumbing to public pressure, receiving Botox, and few other procedures. Her face not as angelic as she is remembered, but eerily reminiscent of 1931’s Frankenstein.
Goldstein’s work entitled Fallen Princesses can be seen from Oct.15-Nov.15 at Bushlen Mowatt Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.