Disney Prinsesses don’t always live happily even after.


L’artista francese Thomas Czarnecki ha voluto attribuire una fine alternativa ad alcune delle più famose eroine Disney. L’artista, attraverso le sue foto, ha dato una nuova chiave di lettura alle favole, facendo in modo che, anzichè esaltare i messaggi ricchi di valori, l’ingenuità, la speranza e la fantasia tipici di questi racconti, ci mostrano il mondo crudele e squallido della realtá offerta dai mass media.

La serie si chiama “From enchantment to down” e cattura la morte delle principesse Disney all’interno di contesti sinistri ed inquietanti. I volti delle protagoniste sono coperti, ma sono immediatamente identificabili attraverso i loro caratteristici vestiti, colori, accessori ed oggetti: Alice con il suo Bianconiglio, Biancaneve e la sua mela, Cenerentola e la sua scarpetta.

L’opera vuole creare un contrasto ed uno shock culturale tra l’universo genuino e l’innocenza delle favole e la cruda realtà del mondo in cui viviamo, conferendo un destino fatale alle nostre eroine.

“I like the darkness aesthetics, I was always been attracted by the world of movies like David Fincher’s Seven or Tim Burton and David Lynch. In photography I’ve found inspiration in many: Eugenio Recuenco, David Lachapelle, Guy Bourdin or my friends Olvier Foulon and Olivier Lecerf – [these] are only a few. Obviously, many an inspiration comes from the digital world, the web, and I can surf for hours going through many a visual adventure that I take inside of me. Each photo takes a long time to achieve, it is sometimes a bit frustrating but that’s how it goes. Finding time between a job and social life is very complicated. I wish I could devote myself entirely to photography but it is unfortunately not possible at this time, but I don’t despair!
The theme of this series is universal. The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland… So many Disney characters embedded in the collective culture as sweet and innocent creatures that I decided to get out of their recognized fairy-tale frame and universe. I staged these same childhood heroes face against the ground and by doing so, create something of clash and culture shock between on one side the naive universe and the innocence of the fairy tales as such and confront them to the other side: a much darker reality that is as much part of our common culture and which is provided to us, incessantly through the darker side and imagery broadcasted through tv, cinema and others. I think it is this comparison that resonates universally in people and generates interest. I leave nothing to chance, each image is fully thought before every shot. I make several preparatory drawings that take into account the location, the light and the position of the character to reach the final image. Sometimes you have to make some small adjustments on the shoot, as removing accessories provided which ultimately do not bring much to the story or find a somewhat more natural for the model but in the end most of the images can be practically superimposed on the original drawing.”