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The Little Mermaid and the Modern City by martineriksen The Little Mermaid and the Modern City by martineriksen
This is not Photoshoped, this is the actual view from The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen.

I have always felt that it was ironic that this world famous tourist attraction, has this extremely ugly view on the other side of the harbor, and I wanted to illustrate it with this photograph. I like the contrasts of this lovely girl, to the harsh industry in the background. It also helps that the Little Mermaid also looks a little abused. The abuse is real. She has had her head cut of at several occasions. Also during the two nights I spent out there, many people visited her late at night. Worst was at one point a limo with a group of 18 year old boys pulled up. They where clearly drunk, and they had driven all the way out to the Little Mermaid just to pee on her.

To help me achieve this photograph I used a telephoto lens, where I tried to pull the other side closer. I had hoped to pull it even more closer, but the I was taking it at such an angle, I would have to dig a hole into the harbor for me to move further back. But I think in the end it was a success.
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Kirstinfae Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
It is such a lovely sculpture, really. And who doesn't admire the story :) Interesting to see the harsh contrast through a lens like this. However, the abuse she suffered throughout the years is really horrible. Honestly, what is wrong with people...
Anyway, very interesting capture! :rose:
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Photographer
You could put a parallel between the abuse this statue suffers, with the pain the Little Mermaid in the poem also felt while dancing for her prince. Willing to give beauty, even while suffering pain.

Thank you for your comment.
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naoguiarts Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Its a great pic! :la: The contrast between the statue and the city :la:
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much
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naoguiarts Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
You are very welcome! :la:
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CodyNaomiSwire Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so sad... Great illustration with this picture.
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Photographer
I am guessing you are finding the abuse sad ... which it is, since the statue is actually a national icon. But thank you for your praise.
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jemgirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh the poor girl.

I was going to ask how she has held up over the years when I read what happened to her. :(

I thought that the statue was off shore? Like a rock was out there and they bolted the statue to it.
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Photographer
Just realised, in my previous comment embankment is a much better word to describe the surroundings, than pier.
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jemgirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So embankment as in looking more 'nature' like verses an elevated man made structure suspending over water thing? :)
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Photographer
I think the easiest way for me is just to show you, here is a link to Google Streetview with how it looks.

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jemgirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And my image is shattered even more. :(

But it is what it is.

You took a good photo. :) Thanks for the link.
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Photographer
She is on a rock just of the pier, but there are rocks connecting her and the pier and no fence. I was taking the photograph on the rocks connecting her to the pier.

When you see a bus full of tourists arrive during the daytime, there are always people climbing up on her. From there they will have their photograph taken together with her. The area is pretty isolated, so at night you have the entire area more or less too yourself. There are visitors that keep tickling in, but you can do more less whatever you want. Which would also explain why it was possible to behead her, a couple of times. If you look closely, also put lipstick on her.
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jemgirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I thought her lips looked like it was a different colour.

I thought people were kissing her and it smoothed that part of the statue more than the rest of her. Like guys kissed her for luck or something. :)

I'm slightly disappointed that it's so connected to land.
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DanicaWish Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photo. I like the colours and the light. And I like the way you have expressed the contrast, not the usual picture postcard.
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much, especially your comment about not being the usual picture postcard. Most of the composition is the exact opposite a picture postcard of The Little Mermaid: Night shot, clear industry background all itty gritty details of the statue intact.
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AreaFive Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photograph, wonderfully composed, love the warm colors.
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martineriksen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much. Even though the colors are warm, the temperature where below freezing at the time. Another piece of irony for the photograph. ;)
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