Godzilla spot­ted in N-east!

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY ANA DA SILVA

A FEARED rep­til­ian mon­ster has taken a break from de­stroy­ing Tokyo – and has in­stead been en­joy­ing a sight­see­ing tour of north-east land­marks. Amer­i­can graphic artist Dea Poirier, 34, has a unique hobby of pho­to­shop­ping Godzilla into breath­tak­ing land­scape pho­tos – many fea­tur­ing Scot­land and, now, the north-east. The so-called King of Mon­sters has been ‘spot­ted’ at pop­u­lar sites such as Dun­not­tar Cas­tle, Slains Cas­tle and the Mains of Abergeldie. Dea, who lives in Florida, said she first came up with the idea af­ter grow­ing sick of see­ing the iconic char­ac­ter “in de­struc­tive sce­nar­ios”. She said: “I de­cided to put up a pic­ture on­line in a quiet land­scape and a lot of peo­ple have liked it. “I thought to my­self maybe I would do more of these.” Her most re­cent ad­di­tion to the Godzilla In... col­lec­tion is the pic­ture se­ries Godzilla in Aberdeen­shire. Dea said: “I loved the Aberdeen­shire cas­tles – they’re re­ally gor­geous. “I just think Scot­land in gen­eral is ab­so­lutely scenic and it’s one of the places I’d love to go visit. “The Aberdeen­shire land­scapes are re­ally ap­peal­ing and beau­ti­ful. They’re also very peace­ful and I think there’s some­thing in­ter­est­ing about tak­ing Godzilla away from the de­struc­tion you nor­mally see him in and putting him in these quiet lo­ca­tions.” Since 2016, the Florida res­i­dent has been reimag­in­ing the mon­ster in dif­fer­ent land­scapes across the globe, from the French Alps to Chile’s Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park. Some of her de­signs have re­ceived more than 60,000 views on the im­age so­cial me­dia plat­form Imgur. Dea, who is also an au­thor, said some of her favourite pho­to­shop cre­ations in­clude the ones of Godzilla on the Isle of Skye and a fan re­quest of Godzilla’s en­gage­ment to fel­low Ja­panese mon­ster Mothra. She said: “I was asked to pho­to­shop a pro­posal of Godzilla and Mothra and I thought that was pretty funny – it’s just silly. “I have seen the pic­tures go vi­ral a cou­ple of times and peo­ple will mes­sage me on Twit­ter ask­ing if I made them. “The re­cep­tion has been re­ally good from peo­ple and my hus­band thinks it’s amaz­ing.” She added: “It’s just some­thing fun I do and it’s great to see other peo­ple en­joy­ing them too. “If it brings a smile to some­one then that’s great.” To fol­low Dea’s art­work visit www.face­book.com/ Godzil­lapho­to­shops/

The King of Mon­sters en­joy­ing the breath­tak­ing scenery of Dun­not­tar Cas­tle dur­ing his ‘visit’ to the north-east

Godzilla tak­ing in the Aberdeen­shire scenery

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