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Alice Liddell en Vogue: Strike a Pose

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I haven’t seen Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland, but have heard it is a visual feast with nothing for the characters to do. Difficult to imagine.

I’ve always felt a kinship with Alice, that like her, I myself have fallen down some dark hole to find that I’m the only sane person locked in an asylum of drooling psychopaths. This got me thinking about the original Alice. Not the 1915 film version or the Disney cartoon, but the little girl for whom the book was written. Many of you know that her name was Alice Liddell and her family was friendly with the ordained Minister, Charles Dodgson, whose penname became Lewis Carroll.

There’s been much speculation over the years as to whether or not Dodgson was a pedophile. Most historians and biographers say there is no evidence to prove him such. That is if you don’t count Dodgson’s obsession for photographing naked little girls as evidence. Many argue that Victorian values were so different than ours, that it’s nearly impossible for us to understand why these photographs were not scandalous at the time nor did they show any impropriety on Dodgson’s part. Regardless, the photos are stunning. They capture a sensuality unlike any photos I’ve ever seen. Though a photograph documents one tiny moment frozen in time, these photos capture all the sound and fury of a girlhood approaching womanhood, whether she is reaching for it or bucking against it.

Here are some of my favorites, if you haven’t had the chance to view them.

The REAL Alice Lidell

Her name is Xie Kitchin

Xie again

Not sure who that guy is

‘Saint George and the Dragon’ June 26, 1875

Last but not least, Lewis Carroll himself.

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  1. * T says:

    I am reading a biography about him right now, absolutely FASCINATING person. I’m obsessed.

    | Reply Posted 8 years ago
    • Can’t wait to hear the salacious details…

      | Reply Posted 8 years ago
      • * T says:

        I also have a book of his photography… Insane!

        Posted 8 years ago
  2. * robes says:

    cool news.

    robe de soirée

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
  3. * Jeremy says:

    I believe Lewis Carroll was an artist, and transcending the borders of art is such common today. But in the Victorian Era, it’s necessary to have guts to do that.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago
  4. * Nico says:

    I don`t know whether Lewis Carroll was a pedophile or if he wasn`t, but in my view it doesn`t make your position stronger to use Photoshop-pics like the one he`s kissing Alice at. If you wanna see the two parts of it, look up for example: http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/
    I think child abuse is a horrible crime, but it`s not fair to judge people, who can`t defend themselves, especially if fake evidences are used.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
    • Gosh, I didn’t know the photo was photoshopped. Good investigating!

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
  5. * natalie says:

    Victorian society might have had different values but the male penis has always had the same moral stance–none. He might not have committed any physical act but the pictures say all that was going on in his head.

    And it is no surprise that the male dominated Victorian society not only accepted these photographs but prized them. I mean they would rather see a girl dressed up like a beggar girl, half-naked with her clothes falling off than dressed all buttoned up and untouchable.

    I like Lewis Carroll and what was in his head was fine as long as it stayed there and only came out through art.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 3 months ago
  6. * jess says:

    I agree, the photos are stunning, and capture something in little girls that is often lost in our idealized versions of them.

    I would just like to point out that Dodgson (Carroll) did not actually have “an obsession for photographing naked little girls” as many people believe. Out of 3000 or so photos, only 30 or so were semi-nude or nude photos of girls from eight different families, and done with permission, possibly even encouragement, of their parents. It was art. And thank you to Nico who pointed out the photo-shopped picture.

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 5 months ago
    • thanks for your thoughtful reply, Jess.

      | Reply Posted 6 years, 5 months ago

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