Some questions about blinge flinschers arose over confusion with blörgen-nöord flieneschers. These were dealt with in the previous post. It is time to go beyond blinge flinschers and now consider glurge mirinogs. Katherine Griffiths ( Photobooth Journal ) mentioned them in her comment on my first blinge flinschers post. This had me scurrying to look in Dodgson’s “Photography of Phantasmagoria” for examples.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was the first to make a thorough analysis of glurge mirinogs. He presented his findings in his work on Victorian photography, “Photography of Phantasmagoria”. In this detailed account of the then current photographic practices, Dodgson devotes the last two thirds of his book to “Beyond Blinge Flinschers”. Here he brings his formidable knowledge of mathematics, linguistics, and the growing art of photography, to provide both examples ( some of which are posted here ) and insight into glurge mirinog artifacts, among other concerns of photographers at that time.
Dodgson first explains the origin of the term. Glurge mirinog is a nonce word (also called an occasionalism) that derives from a blend of High Celtic and Icelandic descriptors. The fusion of language and earliest usage of the term can be found in Canada ( Newfoundland and Cape Breton ). It did not gain wide usage until it spread to Australia, then becoming a regular part of photographic and art media terminology.
One of the reasons that “Photography of Phantasmagoria” is so significant is that Dodgson provides a clear accurate description of glurge mirinogs. As you examine the images provided in this post, the characteristics will become more evident. Glurge mirinog artifacts occur in the processing of a photographic image.
Dodgson observed that an uncertainty principle modified the outcome of the processing. The image could not decide on either the subject or the aesthetic qualities of its final state. More than one image tries to develop, layering and ghosting images over one another. Even though most photography at the time was monochrome, a variety of colours would intrude into the finished image. Lastly, perhaps reflecting the ancient linguistic origins of the term, the images tried to become illuminated manuscript, hence the colours and textures often found in the images.
A noted theoretical mathematician, Dodgson is famous for his use of bryllygs in Jabberwocky’s borogrove equation. Dodgson’s fame was guaranteed when he used this method to solve the Escher surface area of a white rabbit hole, a ground breaking achievement. It was by using his mathematical & linguistic gifts, that he was able to determine that the image posted above actually anticipated photographs that were not yet taken. The evidence supporting this remarkable rare form of glurge mirinog artifact can be found on Katherine’s blog ( London Fancy Dress – 21 June 2002 ) and on Dark Pines Photo ( Antique Surreal Impressions4 ). The image is also noteworthy in that includes a wedded couple, very seldom found accompanying glurge mirinogs. This anticipation of photographic publishing also explains why the first published use of the word “blog” appeared in “Photography of Phantasmagoria”.
Note: Precluding additional enquiries, there will be one more post summing up & reflecting on the topic of Blinge Flinschers.