Saturday, August 8, 2009

Naming

So they walked on together through the wood, Alice with her arms clasped lovingly round the soft neck of the Fawn, till they came out into another open field, and here the Fawn gave a sudden bound into the air, and shook itself free from Alice's arms. "I'm a Fawn!" it cried out in a voice of delight. "And, dear me! You're a human child!" A sudden look of alarm came into its beautiful brown eyes, and in another moment it had darted away at full speed.

  - Lewis Carroll, Through The Looking Glass

This passage is after Alice meets the fawn in the woods, both have lost their identities/names. Coming out into the daylight of consciousness, they are once again confined in their individual selves, both a delight and a prison. The connection of language to consciousness is so close as to seem inseparable at times, that is, the ability to manipulate reality by (believing one is) standing outside it is intrinsic to both. And then, there is always a longing to return to the woods, where things are in their undefined, inchoate fullness. As documented in the R.E.M. song Radio Free Europe. Even those who aren't big fans are respectfully requested to look at this early one, which was partly filmed in Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens and features an appearance by the man himself at the very end.

21 comments:

mum said...

I love Alice and the fawn and what you have to say about the connection between language and consciousness of a divide between self and non-self or bigger/smaller self or... see? language :-)

I had a brief look at the garden paradise to honor your respectful request - will come back for a furthe gander.

best from Graulhet.

Caio Fernandes said...

i din't have courage of to stop to look to the image . it is realy beautiful and perfect . even the light .
do i need to say how intriguing and loveble was the 2nd part of the text ?
i liked to visit the link too . it was fun and inspiring .

Celeste Maia said...

Hi, I just came out of the "woods, where things were indeed in their undefined, incipient fullness."
"important-unimportant-unimportant-important", the King hastily said...
Your Alice seems to be on the threshold to secret visions, but the fawn is definitely enjoying the embrace.

bindu said...

So cute! is that a tiny stuffed toy fawn?

ArtSparker said...

R.L. - Thank you, I know I can count on you to appreciate explorations of language.

Caio- I'm glad you found the link inspiring, it seemed like your kind of place.

Celeste - good point, I'm not sure why Alice ended up with a sort of ambivalence in her face, that wasn't planned, but was okay.

Bindu - Yes, it is from my childhood.

Tomás Serrano said...

One of your best FX pictures.

Jasmine said...

This is your best Alice yet. Woodland pictures diffuse the light magically.

I like your connection between language and consciousness how that may also be affected by clarity of light/daylight.

I actually took your Alice out with me today to he Vale of Evesham & The Malvern Hills but was unable to find the right shot.

ArtSparker said...

Jasmine - I'm sure she enjoyed the journey.

subtorp77 said...

I'm with Jasmine on this one, ArtSparker. And to-day was just excellent for a drive with Alice...stay tuned!

dustincovan said...

Very nice.

steve said...

You're getting so good at this!! Is a book in the making? Am I asking questions too soon?

ArtSparker said...

Heh, Steve, you have uncovered my fiendish plot.

yvette said...

kiss kiss

yvette

tony said...

Carroll was such a fine writer...so much depth.Alice's Journey Continues!

Chris David Richards said...

I'm going to put on my photographic hat and say 'This is great. It's atmospheric and fantastical, even though it's in a bush." Good stuff.

Chris David Richards said...

I'm going to put on my photographic hat and say "This is great. It's atmospheric and fantastical, even though it's in a bush." Good stuff.

aleph said...

The photo is really wonderful, Susan, the embrace between Alice and the fawn pictures so well Carrol´s passage... And your words clarify and at the same time maintain the magic and the mistery, tenderly touching us, "other selves".

jude said...

a true trip. a notable small journey.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

friendly plot more like it!! thanks for the spoiler!!!

sweet, sweet, sweet!

Isabel said...

Love your exploration on language and consciousness. And that garden...what an excellent place!

notmassproduced said...

this is sooo sweeet