Photographer Uses Disney Princesses To Draw Attention To Real-Life Issues

We like to think Disney princesses live happily ever after. But what if they were confronted with some of the uglier aspects of reality? Shannon Dermody, is a  talented 20-year-old photographer from Hancock, NY who currently attends Antonelli Institute in Philadephia, PA with a major in photography. Shannon used her talent to capture unnamed photo series featuring Disney princesses dealing with drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, rape, suicide and all the darkest aspects of our reality. 

  The concept I created was to show awareness of problems that is going on in the  world  today. So I decided to use characters that are held in a very high manner to  show real world problems that greatly impact today’s society.”

Her project reminds us that abuse and addiction can happen to anyone — even your childhood idols. She decided to explore the issues characters like Belle, Ariel and Tiana could face if they lived in modern times, like domestic violence or pollution. 

  I want people to not look away from these problems. They do exist.”

Dermody, who initially shot the images for a project in a photography class, posted the photos to her Facebook page in April and they’ve since gone viral — receiving 106,000 likes and 118,000 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.

  People need to realize this is happening in the world,” Dermody said.  “Even if it  doesn’t  affect you.”

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Transcendent Media Capital 

Much like this photography exhibition, Transcendent Media Capital  also strives to highlight social and environmental issues greatly affecting our society through the creative use of multimedia  (whether it’s in the form of feature films, short-films, documentary, digital and social media products, television, music and print media). As a global media production company, Transcendent Media Capital develops its own global campaigns which combine a range of media assets and grass roots action as well as collaborations with NGO’s globally to inform, educate, challenge myths and stereotypes and to create practical projects that contribute resources to solving these issues globally.  Current projects range across issues such as domestic violence, mental health, illegal sex trafficking, ethnic cleansing, and youth at risk to name a few. 

While profits are generated, the main aim is to balance financial returns for shareholders and to grow the social venture and reach more people in need. Wealth accumulation is not the sole priority and profits are reinvested in the enterprise to fund expansion. The majority of our profits are reinvested into creating and telling new stories and addressing different social, cultural and environmental issues. 

*Transcendent Media Capital seeks investors who are interested in combining financial and social returns on their investments.

Free Yourself Global: 

One of our current main projects is our global domestic violence campaign, Free Yourself Global.  It is our contention that in order for people to better understand this type of abuse, they need a three-dimensional view of all those involved.  That is why this initiative hopes to bring together all of the voices of the participants of domestic violence, including recovering abusers, victims, children, educators, support agencies and health professionals, law enforcement agencies, politicians, celebrities and social entrepreneurs who work to aid in this cause. It is in this aim that “Free Yourself” inspires us. You can share your story with us on social media using the hashtag #FreeYourselfGlobal or anonymously here, via our website.

For more info on how you can choose to tell story and how it will be used to help other people in need, or to learn how to become involved in other ways with this breakthrough campaign, email info@freeyourselfglobal.comTo simply keep up to date on our campaign and the latest news pertaining to domestic violence worldwide make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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