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09/26/2019 11:21:32 PM · #1
Let's see what you remember about this timeless song Grace Slick sang and what it conjures up. Check out the lyrics and create a photograph that illustrates your interpretation of White Rabbit. I'll leave the editing rules up to SC.
09/27/2019 02:20:22 AM · #2
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White Rabbit" is one of Grace Slick's earliest songs, written during either late 1965 or early 1966. It uses imagery found in the fantasy works of Lewis Carroll—1865's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass—such as changing size after taking pills or drinking an unknown liquid.

Slick said the composition was supposed to be a slap to parents who read their children such novels and then wondered why their children later used drugs.[8] Characters Slick referenced include Alice, the White Rabbit, the hookah-smoking caterpillar, the White Knight, the Red Queen, and the Dormouse.[9] Slick reportedly wrote the song after an acid trip.[10] For Slick, "White Rabbit" "is about following your curiosity. The White Rabbit is your curiosity".[11] For her and others in the 1960s, drugs were a part of mind expansion and social experimentation. With its enigmatic lyrics, "White Rabbit" became one of the first songs to sneak drug references past censors on the radio. Even Marty Balin, Slick's eventual rival in Jefferson Airplane, regarded the song as a "masterpiece." In interviews, Slick has related that Alice in Wonderland was often read to her as a child and remained a vivid memory well into her adulthood.[3]
09/27/2019 10:03:16 PM · #3
Evidently, Celebrity Cruises chose White Rabbit for their new campaign. Check it out: Jefferson Airplane on a Cruise Ship

Message edited by author 2019-09-27 22:33:29.
09/27/2019 11:27:00 PM · #4
Originally posted by digifotojo:

Evidently, Celebrity Cruises chose White Rabbit for their new campaign. Check it out: Jefferson Airplane on a Cruise Ship

Holy Moley! Whatta trip!
09/28/2019 11:08:23 AM · #5
I think Extended Editing would work really well for this.. lots of possibilities here.

Message edited by author 2019-09-30 11:27:38.
09/30/2019 11:28:46 AM · #6
*bump*
09/30/2019 08:44:27 PM · #7
Sounds fun in Extended!
09/30/2019 10:37:12 PM · #8
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Holy Moley! Whatta trip!


Feed your head! ;-)
10/01/2019 05:18:21 PM · #9
A few weeks ago I paid a visit to Lacock Abbey - the former residence of the photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. I always try to drop into their latest photography exhibition and this time it was "Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There" by Maggie Taylor. I thought the theme would make a great challenge...and then this suggestion crops up!

If you're interested in what I Found There (see what I did?) have a look here: Through The Looking Glass
10/01/2019 05:32:01 PM · #10
Wowza! Wish they showed more examples than the one. Or am I missing a link?
10/01/2019 06:19:24 PM · #11
I think they want you to buy a ticket to the show.
10/01/2019 11:28:12 PM · #12
Maggie Taylor PS MasterClass

"Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Through the Looking Glass, is brought to life in the stunning artwork of Maggie Taylor. Her prints incorporate photographic elements, scanned illustrations, sculptures, and artifacts pinned against timeless backgrounds. Her images -- at once beautiful and menacing, real and surreal -- create a visual counterpoint to Carroll’s writing style. She casts numerous individuals into the ever-changing roles and circumstances of the bewildered Alice, creating a complex, multi-faceted every-woman still easy to identify in each scene. This modern digital approach to a classic tale is a collaboration Carroll himself would have truly enjoyed."

Here are some of Maggie's images

Message edited by author 2019-10-01 23:29:18.
10/02/2019 10:05:46 AM · #13
Thanks Bear! I sent the wrong link in my haste (yours is better anyway); will check next time.

>blushing<
10/02/2019 10:09:43 AM · #14
Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.
10/04/2019 08:29:04 AM · #15
Awesome stuff, very inspiring. Great subject matter for an Extended challenge - and Archival no less!!! Makes things so much easier!
10/04/2019 09:20:41 AM · #16
Wow thanks Robert - Maggie makes amazing art.
10/04/2019 12:54:02 PM · #17
Originally posted by snaffles:

Awesome stuff, very inspiring. Great subject matter for an Extended challenge - and Archival no less!!! Makes things so much easier!

I thought about that and realized people would probably have SO MUCH stuff buried in the subconscious of their archives, so to speak, might as well go on a trip and bring it bubbling to the surface :-) Feed your head, indeed!
10/04/2019 01:14:17 PM · #18
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

... people would probably have SO MUCH stuff buried in the subconscious of their archives, so to speak, might as well go on a trip and bring it bubbling to the surface :-) Feed your head, indeed!

The process you describe sounds more like emesis than "feeding" ... :-(
10/05/2019 12:50:38 PM · #19
Interesting coincidence:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-05/amanda-fielding-queen-of-psychedelics-beckley-foundation/11543064

The lyrics for the lazy ones:

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all

Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call

And call Alice, when she was just small

When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom, and your mind is moving low

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said

Feed your head, feed your head
10/05/2019 01:40:01 PM · #20
My plan is to eat some shrooms, hit up the mall with the camera, and see what comes out of the it.
10/06/2019 11:35:40 AM · #21
Originally posted by Venser:

My plan is to eat some shrooms, hit up the mall with the camera, and see what comes out of the it.


I wanna come and play in your playground now! =P
10/06/2019 08:12:49 PM · #22
Nothing here mall-wise.. have to venture somewhere more inspiring than that.
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