Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mermaids of Hollywood

About a year ago (I think) I posted about a photo shoot done with the Kardashian girls and mentioned that a photographer was photographing celebrities as mermaids for a book: Mermaids of Hollywood. Unfortunately, as of right now, the book is only available as an iphone/ibook app!
Text from the book:
"Chronicles of Mermaids have been told for centuries in the form of legends and fairytales. Images of this sea queen have haunted artists in their efforts to bring the beauty, sexuality and mystery of the mermaid to life. The role of mythology is ever changing in society and it is with this in mind that photographer Mark Anderson has captured contemporary images of this mythical creature as she may appear in today’s society.

We're all familiar with the playful modern mermaid of Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid and of Darryl Hannah’s depiction of the human/animal creature in Splash. But lurking behind these light figures is the sadness and mystery of the mermaid's plight. Using over 60 female stars of the entertainment world, Photographer Mark Anderson brings us photos that weave together a never before seen perspective on what life could be like if Mermaids lived amongst us. His fantastical representations place the mermaid in often-unexplored territories to expose the roles to which we assign modern women: as sexualized beings, as temptresses, as mothers/daughters, and as creatures themselves constrained and created by myth"
I find the images all very interesting and would love to ask him what was the thought process behind each picture. The mermaids are certainly placed in some everyday situations and there are definitely some there just for laughs (the Kardashian Sardine pic.) I do think that there maybe a few too many sad mermaids though. What's your opinion?

Mermaids of Hollywood App

See more Mermaid pics here

And don't forget to check out the Youtube video of some of the shoots!

1 comment:

  1. The mermaid drinking a martini in the kiddie pool is very funny.


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