Underwater

19 December 2013

I won’t bore you with the weather, but if you’re anywhere near me, you know it’s freaking freezing.  Fun fact: Syracuse, New York has more snowfall per year than any other city in the United States.  It gets better. There’s even an award for it called the “Golden Snowball,” in which Syracuse has been the reigning champ since 2002! High five! Considering I’m Florida born + raised, this isn’t an easy snowflake to swallow and the very thought of more snow than anywhere in the country literally chills me to the bone.  

In your typical escapism fashion, I got to daydreaming about my hometown upbringing, sunshine and well, mermaids.  I’m quite happy the 90’s are on the way out along with that trademark goth look of the era.  I’m hoping for a more magical diversion,  as seen in recent photography, editorial and of course, immersive theatre.

Here are a few of my favorite underwater finds:

New York Photographer, Joni Sternbach, uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and seascapes. Her Surfland series captures portraits of surfers in tintype and are imbued with a feeling of “ambiguity, timelessness and mystery.”

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Kristen Mcmenamy, a siren herself, stars as a lost mermaid looking for her one true love on land in one of my FAVORITE editorials possibly ever, “Far, Far From Land” by genius Tim Walker for W Magazine.  The narrative for the story was adapted from  classic, The Little Mermaid, but the images are spellbinding, grown-up and ever so heartbreaking. The spread just was in the December issue, so you might be able to grab a copy.  You can also see it online at W Magazine.

“Where the waters are as blue as the petals of cornflower and clear as glass, there, where no anchor can reach the bottom, live the mer-people. “

If you cannot make the prince fall so much in love with you that his every thought concerns only you, then, the first morning after he has married another, your heart will break and you will become foam on the ocean.

“If you cannot make the prince fall so much in love with you that his every thought concerns only you, then, the first morning after he has married another, your heart will break and you will become foam on the ocean.”

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The featured image in this post is by photographer, Annie Collinge,  an Ocean Violet favorite. Her new series “The Underwater Mermaid Theatre” captures Florida’s dazzling live mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.   You can see the entire series on her website.

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A post about mermaids must include the epic MERMAID PARADE on Coney Island. Founded in 1983 with 3 goals: to bring mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid + Neptune; create self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public. As if they don’t already. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the performance space whose revenue provided the funding for the parade, it was in danger for this year, but thanks to a  very successful Kickstarter campaign the parade is on:

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Harvey Stein

You can take the girl out of Florida, but you can’t take the Florida out of the girl.

Stay warm!

 

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