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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Happily Ever After?

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Dina Goldstein

When I saw the photography of Dina Goldstein, it felt like the answer to a question I’ve been asking my whole life. As a child, even as a small child, when my mother would read me fairy tales, I was never satisfied with the endings. I always wanted to know what happened next. We spent a lot of time imagining sequels, to Mom’s great amusement. And as I got older (and more critical), I started to suspect that if the stories kept going, the happy endings would have been much more complicated and less sunshiny than the happily-ever-afters the stories suggested. Goldstein seems to have reached the same conclusions, though her visions are even darker than mine were.

Her snarky/awesome works can be purchased on Saatchi Art as prints or, fascinatingly, as transparencies mounted on LED lightboxes.

All images property of Dina Goldstein.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “Happily Ever After?

  1. Just wanted to say that I look forward to your blog everyday! Really makes me smile and beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Actually beauty is all around us if we are willing to notice. This post is sad funny. My favorite is Pocahontas (at least I think that’s who she is) as a the cat lady or maybe the princess on her mattresses in the landfill. Totally unrelated, have you ever seen Ray Caesar’s artwork? Thinking you would like it.

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  2. So I need a new word in my vocabulary that combines “disturbing” and “funny” to describe these vignettes.. “funurbing?”

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  3. Wait: you mean the princesses who fell in deep long-lasting, true love after one glimpse of their prince didn’t live in endless bliss??? I’m crushed. And don’t get me started on that little mermaid. Throwing her whole works away to follow a man she’s never even spoken to…. at SIXTEEN?!?!

    If you haven’t read it already, you have to: “Beauty,” by Sherri S. Tepper. It reimagines all of those tales in a much more feminist light. Those happy endings feel much more attainable. Plus, it is well-written and friggin’ hi-larious.

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  4. Thanks for the book suggestion, Lisa DeCaro. I will need to check that out.

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  5. These are just wonderful. I’m enjoying the combination of wit and cynicism. I was always much more into the darkness of the Grimm tales than the Disney version anyway. Last time I watched Disney’s Little Mermaid, at the point when Ariel pleads with Triton by declaring she loves the prince, I said, “Oh shut up. You barely know him.” That made my kids laugh. Then there’s species denial in that one too. My boys aren’t into Disney princesses but I’m revisiting those stories and characters with the kids I teach at preschool. Distilled down to very abridged versions, they are horrifyingly misogynistic. Even something like Frozen, lauded for its “sisters doing it for themselves” message, when condensed becomes about the trouble wrought by a young woman who is boy crazy and her sister who can’t control her emotions.

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  6. Absolutely funny and absolutely disturbing. Although, Pocahontas as a cat lady is less disturbing than some of the others. And we always did wonder about the Barbie/Ken/GI Joe triangle, right? Excellent find!

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  7. These are terrific. I was going to say “hilarious” after looking at the first two but then when I came to Rapunzel, that obviously was NOT the right word.

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  8. Me too! I always wanted to know what happened after a story was over. I still often day dream about “what happens next” the day after watching a movie or finishing a book. These photos are such fun.

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  9. Ooooh, these are special. ❤ Wish to keep them close, so I'll share them. 🙂

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  10. Reblogged this on Talitha's World and commented:
    Excellent!! 😂😂😂

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