Why do we like fairy tales? Do we like them because they always end in “happily ever after”? Do we like them because they are so far removed from our harsh realities? Do we like them because they take us back to an age (you know, like never for me) where the words “harsh realities” were unknown to us?
“Fallen Princesses” tries to put things in perspective. A startling, slightly frightening, photo project, “Fallen Princesses” takes Disney fairy tale characters and places them in modern day scenarios. The effect is shocking. (Click on the thumbnails to see close-ups of the shots. Then read why the Princess Jasmin pic” has some people up in arms”.)
But who says we want our fairy tales to give us a dose of reality? Don’t we want them to take us away from it all? Well, perhaps times have changed. Take note that, more often than not, new fairy tales (like “Enchanted” for instance) take a feminist turn that has the princess saving the prince, not the other way around.