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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
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
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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