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Wednesday, 18 April 2007


Your Gracious Host

To carry over a theme from your last post, I don't think you can read those Carroll photos wrong--whatever they mean to you, they mean to you. I agree with your interpretations, regardless. Obviously, it must be something to do with the era...the general nature of the children of that time, not to mention that photographs weren't something you simply tacked on your refrigerator. They were like paintings and probably accorded a more serious disposition than snapshots do today (like, say...outrageously happy children posing with Christmas presents...). But, primarily, the thing that shines through more than anything else is the inner life of these children! Especially when you look at the whole collection, you see this amazing capacity for introspection and a willingness to not "ham it up" but to commit to the idea of whatever Carroll is trying to capture. And, I agree that it says something about the childrens' comfort with him and their ability to be as natural as possible in his presence. The commentary in that particular book is interesting for what it illuminates about Victorian photography and the Victorian mindset which could bring a sense of imagination to the photographs...filling in the blanks where modern minds often need to have the blanks filled in for them. I don't know, I feel you've already said it all much better.

Those Twilight Symphonies are amazingly evocative! Speaking of Dodgson, I'm sure it wouldn't be far-fetched to imagine him conjuring up like visions in a laudanum-induced reverie.

Conrgats to you and Maren! I will most definitely have to make my way over to lulu and grab a copy for myself in the near future. Oh, and Lord Ogglesworth would like to state that he is not to be held responsible for advice-taken-but-gone-bad. Soothsaying is not an exact science.


What a wonderful post! The Lewis Carroll book has been on my wish list forever. Luckily the art college had a copy in the library. It was a real inspiration for my costume design project for 'Cautionary Tales for children' by Hilaire Belloc. I adore victorian and edwardian photography of children. The sullen and serious faces which seem to have a life time of wisdom behind the eyes. That is how I always interpreted them.

The book looks incredible, I shall have to consider a purchase. Your post reminded me of a book I has as a child - 'Bella' about a couple of children who find a doll with a tragic story behind it's history, the doll appears to come alive and the whole story is so terrifying it really used to give me nightmares! So my parents gave it away. Now of course I would love to read that book but I can't remember the name of the author and I simply have not been able to find a copy. Oh if only I had kept it!


I love your work! I'm linking to you in my blog today!


I love Lewis Carroll's images....I also love, love, love Julia Margaret Cameron...have you ever seen her work? Pre-Raphaelite photography ...oh my! For a very long time ( in my late teens and early 20's I was ALL about the Pre-Raphaelites and they are still close in my heart, like a group of familiar uncles...and aunts, we mustn't forget dear Lizzie and Jane!) : )

I have a tendency to drink far to much tea, as well...my only problem is that I always feel tea should be accompanied by a chunk of dark chocolate or a cookie! : )


I want that Tapestries book!!! ok, I need to save up for it...congrats it looks and sounds wonderful, wonderful!!!!!!!!



Like Diane Arbus' work, there is something disquieting about Carroll's pictures of those sisters. You can't put your finger on it exactly but there is something there...something haunted.
Your work has a similar quality.


you must be the goddess ostera is all, in her hare-y disguise. she is very fast dashing across the fields in spring. maybe sometimes she stops to smell a tulip or something if she has the time... :)
and thank you so much for promoting our collaboration and the beautiful description of the story. i could never quite summarize it! if i ever buy the isbn number thingie you will have to write our press release!

that drawing is wonderful i agree, and so perfect, haha, must be you and your friends after all those cups of tea! and could be me too, cause i love to collect tea cups. big ones with pretty decoration on them and a handle that is big enough so my finger doesn't get stuck in it!

i love your musical illustrations of how the moon jumped over the tree and the umbrella flew over the house. though this blasted pc doesn't have a speaker i can imagine the sounds...


Kim Wlassak / Garden Painter Art - gnarly-dolls

Now I'm a little confused. I was sure that I posted here earlier today, but alas, I can't seem to find it.

Basically, I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog today and that I love your new rabbits. The eyes are chilling!

I also wanted to let you know that in my Monday, April 16 post, I introduced you as one of my "groovy artist friends". I hope that's okay. I linked your blog also. I just thought I should tell on myself. Hope you don't mind the link.

Garden Painter Art

Museum of Fire

Far more musing than my poor head can follow! But let's try...

Your reading of Carroll's images seems eminently insightful, and far more eloquently rendered than I could muster. It seems somewhat perplexing that controversy would follow, but such misunderstanding seems so often the case when adolescence is involved.

Artists still seem to find it a difficult area to explore without some fairly heated reaction - a recent discussion [www.flickr.com/groups/utata/discuss/72157594569346677] I came across about the work of Australian photographer Bill Henson [www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/18/Bill_Henson] a case in point. That so much vitriol can arise with such little interest in understanding intent or considering the actual artwork itself is quite saddening.

And bunnies! I think they've always been everywhere, it's just a case of how much one then notices (or conjures) them. I recently decided to give in and, in the space of two days [www.flickr.com/photos/benjaminmillar/sets/72157600060829724]... well they certainly ain't shy. None nearly as cute as your Rainy Day Rabbits mind.

And then... such uplifting music the Twilight Symphony promise, rasberry kisses and cellos afloat.

I'm a little afeared as to a tale that twists Maren's wonderful words with Estrella's imageristic delights, but in a goodly way that makes it a must to see and devour, bit by bit.

About tea there's little to add but a quiet and satisfied slurp.

*And sorry about those ugly links, apparently html is a comment no-no.*


Your incredible words and images have torn me out of an a creativity drought which has been hanging on far too long!!! Could it perhaps have been the collision of two bunny muses? There is something otherworldly about these little creatures... Many thanks for your push of inspiration.... and i've already ordered your book....LuLu


Oh I do love visiting your world. Wonderful imagery, beautiful thoughts. Your book is on my wish list!


I love the Carroll pictures, and must check that book out soon...And the rabbits? How can one have too many sweet dressed rabbits? That is why I am giving one of your lovely prints to my mother for mother's day...she is dearly in love with bunnies in clothing...And your Twilight Symphonies? Just amazing!

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Someone already mentioned Bill Henson but another couple of artists this post reminded me of are Sally Mann and Polixeni Papapetrou. They both use their own children as subjects and have some really beautiful images. Some can be seen as just photographs of children innocently playing, and some seem a little more complicated than that, a bit like Carroll's work. Polixeni has some really great ones... there's one series based on alice in wonderland, where she uses her daughter to play the role of alice. it's fairly innocent and playful, then there's another series about stories of missing children, where she's again used her own child but to portray children who went missing without a trace and who probably met some really dark, horrible end. spooky, but interesting nonetheless.

anyway, sorry if you've seen all these before but i can't resist a bit of art theory!


I enjoyed reading your thoughts here. There's no chance of me having any issues with Carroll's images as two of my favourite artists are Gottfried Helnwein and Trevor Brown. Helnwein most of all, though I find Brown's work interesting too.

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