Note: This post has been updated to include the latest series Disney Dream Portraits further down in the post.
Disney Dream Portraits
Continuing the “Disney Dream Portrait Series” that has put celebrities in all kinds of Disney fantasies, Leibovitz trained her famous lens this time on the undersea world of Ariel, heroine of “The Little Mermaid.” To get there, she dressed actress Julianne Moore and American swimming icon Michael Phelps in tails and scales.
“Yes, Julianne has a big mermaid tail; it’s interesting,” Leibovitz recalled from the shoot. “Michael, too. His movements were so graceful and beautiful you just felt like you were watching a real merman.”
The latest Leibovitz photography is part of her acclaimed series as Disney Parks continues the “Year of a Million Dreams” celebration on both coasts.
In the finished image captioned “Where another world is just a wish away,” shafts of light pierce the blue depths as Ariel (Moore) sits in her undersea world amid wavy coral and darting sea life. In the foreground of the frame, Phelps slips past, flipping his fins.
Planned for the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine – continues the renowned Leibovitz series of putting celebrities inside their Disney fantasies. Released in separate flights since January 2007, these have included the following:
UPDATED – New Disney Dream Portraits
and Tina Fey as Tinker Bell:
and Jessica Biel as Pocahontas:
And here are a bunch of ‘behind the scenes’ pictures from the shoots:
And behind the scene shots from the 2011 shoot:
The behind the scenes images from the most recent shoot show Patti Smith as a pirate which means there are more to come!