Fairy Tales

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Many thanks to Rina for introducing me to the photographer, Gala Collette. Aren't these images fantastic? This couldn't have come at a better time because I'm writing on the fairy tale mode in cinema at the moment - particularly the "little girl lost" and woods/forest theme - and I'm looking for all the images I can find in photography, to make comparisons between cinema and the visual arts.

And speaking of fairy tales, I just bought this edition of the complete fairy tales of the Grimms and Angela Carter:I was getting sick of these books always being recalled when I borrowed them from the library and so decided to invest in my own copies. I find fairy tales are useful to have around, sort of like dictionaries. And Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber has to be my favourite collection of rewritings of fairy tales. My favourite story is the Little Red Riding Hood rewriting, The Company of Wolves. This always gets me:

What big arms you have.
All the better to hug you with.
Every wolf in the world now howled a prothalamion outside the window as she freely gave the kiss she owed him.
What big teeth you have!
She saw how his jaw began to slaver and the room was full of the clamour of the forest's Liebestod but the wise child never flinched, even when he answered:
All the better to eat you with.
The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody's meat.

Perfect. There is nothing more to say.

P.S. If anyone knows of any other photographers who explore the same kind of images, I would really appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks again Rina!


Erica said...

One of my favorite (fairy tale re-imaginings)is "Big Bad Riding Hood" by Orange Willow at The Shiny Squirrel.

Also Kiki Smith's work is amazing, I always think of it in the same breath as The Bloody Chamber.

Thanks for asking!

danica said...

Ooooh, fantastic photographs and I love the fairy tale theme!

Krissy said...

These photos are amazing! Love, love, love them :)

jo said...

the subjet of your thesis is very interesting!!

design for mankind. said...

OGM this is so beautiful.

Erica said...

Oh, I was a little off base -- but, this one, "Sheltered" by Shira Sela, also on The Shiny Squirrel, is dead on...

Hila said...

Thanks Erica, I'll definitely check this out.

And thanks everyone - I love these photos too. In fact, I want to live in them.

Rina said...

Hila, thanks for this post. Actually is part of my job at university, giving this kind of information to my students, to guide them, about ilustration, art or anything that you can find inspiring, that´s our job in graphic design. Oh so much to tell you...I´m totally agree with Erica, Kiki Smith is very good for this subject, the concept that she handle is very deep, you can see a lot of her work at
she mix nature, misticism, witches, tales, really amazing!
And maybe you know her already, but Amy Ross has a great work on this subject too, you can visit her blog and her website too
I´m sorry my comment is so long!, but I loved this.

Danielle said...

Those photos are great...especially the one with the ivy growing up the trees.

Maureen said...

Beautiful images, and wonderful retelling. Perfect for every girl, incl my grandaughters. I'll have to look for that one.

btw, I am a sucker for pictures with fog. I love fog, tho I don't suppose my lungs do.

Hila said...

Thanks again Rina, I owe you one!!
And Danielle and Maureen, I agree with you both!

Rina said...

You´re welcome and anytime, I love this and the subject, so is a pleasure to help you!

tikki said...

I love Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber'!! Must dig it off the bookshelf and reread it

Karin said...

Gorgeous photography. Just gorgeous.

Gala Collette said...

Ho! Thank you everyone!
I'm so happy you guys love my pictures.
Gala from Paris.