Super Heroes

Wer selbst noch nicht auf dem Hollywood Boulevard unterwegs war, kennt die Entertainer in den Superhelden Kostümen mit Sicherheit aus dem Fernsehen. Tag ein Tag aus bieten Batman, Spiderman, Superman & Co den Touristen auf dem Gehweg eine Show mit furiosen Kunststücken und Tanzeinlagen. Der Fotograf Gregg Segal hat diese Leute für die Fotoserie “Super Heroes” zu Hause besucht und in ihren Kostümen beim Putzen, Müll entsorgen oder bei der Gartenarbeit fotografiert.

Tourists expect to find the Hollywood they’ve seen in movies as they make their way to Grauman’s Chinese Theater but instead are greeted by costumed entertainers, some dressed as icons like Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson, others as super heroes such as Batman and Superman. The people wearing these costumes are much like the tourists in that they have a shared reverece for the fantasy of Hollwood. Many have come with hopes of making it in the industry—but their freelance work on Hollywood Boulevard may be as close as they come to realizing their dreams. Masquerading as icons and posing for pictures with tourists from all over the world affords them an illusory sense of stardom. More than anyone else, they define contemporary Hollwood, conveying the community’s aspirations and its fringe-level reality.

All images © Gregg Segal | Via: illusion 360