Pictures of the Floating World
"While Mullins' photographs have apparent parallels with Martin Parr’s depictions of New Brightonites on holiday, or to Larry Fink’s series Social Graces, her characters seem even less self-aware. Bauble-laden, sequined, they were frequently intoxicated and incognizant of more than their own gratification, then flash-frozen by Mullins in various rictuses of frivolity that devolved as hours passed. …there is an awareness of the festive atmosphere’s vacuity, and vast grief over the ultimate hollowness of her now-deceased mother’s pursuit of such insubstantial connections. There exists simultaneously in this body of work an antipathy towards, and an attraction to, its subjects. It is an indictment of their indifference to pain, even as it's an empathetic portrait of people of a certain caste enjoying themselves."
"She [Colleen Mullins] glimpses into the intimate and close knit world of the elite and wealthy over a six year period while traveling a few times a year on a luxury cruise line. The blissful and indulgent celebration featured in the images is the stuff of envy (especially given the current economic climate). You feel as though the world captured in these photos is small and exclusive; which only make you want to know more and fills you with the urge to eavesdrop on these little moments."
The Brown Girl Files