Jan von Holleben

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

“Carroll’s sympathy for the emotions of childhood is part of what gives the ‘Alice’ books their energy; they approximate how bewildering and arbitrary the world can seem through a young person’s eyes. When [Charles] Dodgson looked through the lens of his primitive camera, what he saw would have been rendered backwards and upside down, much like the room Alice sees through the looking glass. It feels fitting to picture Lewis Carroll spending his leisure hours looking at a topsy-turvy world and then, with a trick of his camera, turning it back around.” Andrea Denhoed • New Yorker