A Little Disney Verite Brightens Up the Sidewalks of New York

Posted: December 23, 2014 in Movies

Princesses waiting for Princes that will never come

Call what photographer Harry McNally does Disney Verite.  He takes the grim streets of New York City and paints in  some Disney magic. 

In some cases, as with photos of stood up Princesses waiting for Princes that will never come, they achieve a sadness that is the more painful because they become the universal mirror for all girlhood/womanhood broken dreams.   Those that transcend their black and white reality are the ones where characters determinedly do their jobs: Mickey moping, Donald Duck being his quarrelsome self, Cogsworth the clock being a martinet with a randy couple, Robin Hood frowning over a sleeping human co-worker and even Snow White whistling while she works standing in line at the pharmacy to pick up her latest Prozac refill.  

So which is the better delusion?  Those who live in street reality who never see the magic of everyday imagination?  Or the colorful dreamers who maybe can’t talk the talk because they never really been knocked down?   McNally never comes down hard on one side or the other.   He is content to keep the perfect moment bittersweet.   It is more than enough for him to keep it what he calls it–“Moments Like These” . 

What are you looking at?

Off to the ball

Special delivery

Can I get some help, please?

Nightcap

Moping Mickey

Can we get a bottle over here?

Crosswalk crows

Sneaking around

Get a room

I’ve been waiting for you.

Another outfit ruined.

All ready to go out!

Which way from here?

The Art of the Disney Princess (Disney Editions Deluxe)

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