Photographer's Note

Mad As A Hatter

Another image from Oxford last September - some of you may know the term 'Mad Hatter' from the book Alice in Wonderland by Oxford based author and photographer Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson).

The term Mad as a Hatter has been widely used down the ages but a strong contender for its origins rests with the disastrous production techniques associated with hat production which often left these craftspeople with mercury poisoning.

A short but fascinating account can be found here.

In these gentler days, surrounded by her wares, I think this women inhabits a more gentle form of madness....but then I don't wear these things!

Taken at the indoor market in central Oxford.

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Additional Photos by Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
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