After Hours.

With all my travels all over the world and the states, I rarely go to southern California.  Logically I think it's too much money to spend $100 to go somewhere else in the state when I can go to a different state for about the same price, or spend and extra $150-250 to go to the east coast.  But alas, I enjoy my southern california friends, so I've been making more of an effort to visit. The first time I visited Angelique and Ricardo in socal, I got such a great welcome: the snuggly Rambo, a great lovely double blow up mattress in their new apartment and a visit to Disneyland after it closed!

When I arrived, Angelique swiftly picked me up, and we headed to Disneyland where we would meet the person who would be selling us the two golden tickets for entrance into Disneyland after hours.  (There was some promotion or something, so Disneyland had given out a limited number of tickets that radio stations were giving out.  Angelique, being so clever, looked on craigslist to find people who were selling their tickets. So that's who we'd be waiting for.)  After a bit of miscommunication we got a hold of tickets!

The night was magical! I love disneyland!

Here's Angelique waiting for our ticket person to give us our tickets!

I love big Christmas trees, don't you??

Buzz Lightyear game!

Space Mountain!


It's a small world!!

Tea cups!



Princesses... the true stories

I came across this and found it really interesting. This photo series captures what would happen to Disney Princesses if they had to deal with real-life issues. I find it really fascinating because a lot of the Disney fairy tales are not true to the original stories. Like the real "Little Mermaid" doesn't live happily ever after... she dies and is fated to watch over her love and his wife. Here is was the artist had to say..

These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The '...happily ever after' is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.

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.



Originally published at JPG Mag Photographer's website