21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Artistic
Dancing Queens

This picture is part of my series "Unattainable Beauty" which explores the artificial creation of beauty. An unrealistic ideal of physical beauty is often portrayed in popular media and creates pressure on individuals to conform to a certain beauty standard. In order to address absurd ideals of beauty, I used flowers - a classical symbol of beauty - to create unnatural beings, that pose in front of the camera like fashion models. The following description refers to the labels of fashion advertisements and shows the Latin names of the flowers and plants used: Face: Craspedia Dress: Zantedeschia Shoe: Anigozanthos

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Munich, Germany
Camera: GFX 50S
Copyright: © Natalie Strohmaier