Here are photographs by one who reminds us NOT to forget our dreams ...
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a man of diverse interests - in mathematics, logic, photgraphy, art, theater, religion, medicine, and science. He was happiest in the company of children for whom he created puzzles, clever games, and charming letters.
As all Carroll admirers know, his book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865), became an immediate success and has since been translated into more than eighty languages. The equally popular sequel "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There", was published in 1872.
"St. George and the Dragon," 1875. The composition features Xie Kitchin and her three brothers, George Herbert Kitchin, Hugh Bridges Kitchin and Brook Taylor Kitchin. Alexandra (Xie) Rhoda Kitchin was the daughter of the Rev. George William Kitchin, Dean of Winchester and later of Durham. Dodgson began photographing Xie (pronounced "Ecksy") in 1868 and continued to use her as a frequent subject throughout the final years of his photographic career. He considered her to be one of his most amenable and striking models and recalled in an 1885 letter how he had "photographed her nearly 50 times: from 4 years old upwards."
[the following 3 photographs are by Lewis Carroll]
Dymphna Ellis, 25 July 1865. His subject later recalled that Carroll "came to our country house to photograph the children.
I feel sure I was a favourite.He made every child that. He developed the photographs in our cellar.
I remember the mess and the mystery.
We cried when he went away.
We were absolutely fearless with him. We felt he was one of us, and on our side against all the grown-ups."
and, for Che, a picture of grown-ups --
Margaret Anne and Henrietta Mary Lutwidge, ca 1859.
Carroll photographed two of his maternal aunts in an early, classical photographic motif - the chess game.