Her name is Alice

Posted on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I find most of my influences in other photographers and music. I rarely postprocess in silence, even in the middle of the night. I can often listen to the same song over and over until it starts showing through the image.

A few weeks ago, I got the Almost Alice album, soundtrack of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Listening to the album, it was clear that some songs, through the lyrics, were more profound than the simple story of a girl following a talking rabbit into a world of wonders. The song that caught the most attention from me was “Her name is Alice” from Shinedown. The song makes allusion that Alice is cognitive of something either unknown or ignored by others, leaving her to this reality of her own. The fact that through the original story, Alice wants to be taller, smaller and seek to get back to her normal size has a double meaning

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was quite a character on his own. It is strongly believed that Carroll was abusing narcotics, mainly opium, during his writing sessions. Also, documentations about his life concludes he was having a strange attraction toward children. During the mid 1850’s, Dodgson was initiated to photography by relatives. His portfolio displayed a clear sign of human studies and landscapes mastering. A part of his portfolio was considered lost for a while until a few of the images resurfaced. The images were portraying children in the nude. Although this form of photography was once considered art, it is now easily considered pedophilia. His personnal diaries were offered to a European museum with a few pages deliberately removed.

Alice was not quite a fictional character. The Alice character is believed to be based on 11 years old Alice Liddell with whom Dodgson had a very close relationship.

For most kids, Alice in Wonderland is a story about a girl following a talking rabbit into a world of wonders. For adults, aware that life can be unfair to some, the story can hold a different meaning.

Her name is Alice

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