12201015471?profile=originalA recent paper in the Journal of Museum Ethnography discusses Lewis Carroll's photograph 'Dressed as a New Zealander' and discusses the props use by Carroll and the wider context around the image, the sitters and its subsequent history.

The full paper reference is available here: Jeremy Coote and Christopher Morton, 'Dressed as a New Zealander', or an ethnographic mishmash? Notes and reflections on two photographs by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Journal of Museum Ethnography, no.28 (March 2015), pp. 150–172; and it may be available directly from the authors. 

Image: Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

With thanks to Professor Elizabeth Edwards. 

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  • Dodgson's use of the diagonal in stick/bow or pipe form as seen here is a remarkably consistent feature of his cannon. At one time it was considered almost essential yet I wonder if it was more than just "trademark" and more a signifier to attention direction, as if it were at all necessary. In this instance I am not too sure but it's presence is always defining.

    There are pictures he took or he contrived that can so easily look to the modern eye almost absurd in composition yet he employed this "tool" or "prop" with prodigous effect and here we see not only the ascendent but also it's linear use.

    With the bow and staff serving as they do the compositon is complete. It creates such a charming photograph. Thankyou for posting it. 

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