Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dupe. Serioulsly








''In 1917, two teenage girls in Yorkshire produced photographs they had taken of fairies in their garden. Elsie Wright (age 16) and her cousin Frances Griffiths (age 10) used a simple camera and were said to be lacking any knowledge of photography or photographic trickery.Arthur Conan Doyle not only accepted these photos as genuine, he even wrote two pamphlets and a book attesting the genuineness of these photos, and including much additional fairy lore. His book, The Coming of the Fairies, is still in print, and some people still believe the photos are authentic. Doyle's books make very interesting reading even today. Doyle's belief in spiritualism, convinced many people that the creator of Sherlock Holmes was not as bright as his fictional creation.''
Or was he clever enough just to take photos himself and laugh all the way? I'm no sure. I have some of these myself. It's fun to be silly. 


Just checked out this site about fairies .It's fascinating how people get inspired even the subject is really silly! I saw the book 'Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book' in a book shop and thought that's hilarious! A little surprised to know that people still take some interest in that staff and popular culture (like episode of Torchwood )doesn't hesitate to take images of fairy theme. I'm glad.  Thanks, Misha!
Talking about fairy tales. I respect works of Angela Carter. Totally post-modern (still!) I also really like ideas of Franz Roh who introduced the term MAGIC REALISM in visual art. If anyone think it's stupid, they should read Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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