Posted in 5 paws, Giveaway, Photography, Review, Trailer on March 16, 2017


I have always been fascinated by the sheer beauty and diversity in Indian culture. “Sensory overload in a glance” is an apt description of a country that is always in movement. To be able to stand still in the middle of all that movement allows me to really “see” her people and absorb the flow of life from birth to death.

From learning how to make yellow ink from cow urine to watching funeral pyres burn in Varanasi, I realized that I would have to spend a lifetime here to grasp the immense value of her art, stunning architecture, fascinating food and love of all that is beautiful.

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I have never been to India, but the author does a beautiful job of bringing India to me.  The colors, the hopes of the people, the way they live their lives, all of these gave me a deeper understanding of the country and its beauty.  There is even one picture that made me chuckle, it is a store with a lot of false teeth/dentures for sale.  I really love all the bright colors the women wear: to me it brings job to potentially a bleak situation.  I enjoy seeing the pictures of dogs (and other animals) and how the dogs don’t seem to have a care in the world and are sleeping right on the street with people passing them by.

The book is diverse in the images – from nature, to the majestic buildings, the poverty in places, and the people.  I think that it is very down to earth and a realistic portrayal of India and various castes.

We give this book 5 paws up and you need to pick up a copy and view the images she shares with us.

About the Author

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

“My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC.  I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual.

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Posted in 5 paws, Photography, Review on January 24, 2016


What if Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had taken place in New York City? Alice in Manhattan juxtaposes over 60 stunning, black and white photographs with selected prose from Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic and offers a unique exploration for New Yorkers, Lewis Carroll enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a new glimpse at Wonderland.

The photographs transport readers beyond the familiar tourist destinations and into the remote recesses of a complex city. While some photos capture direct Alice references, such as the Alice in Wonderland sculptures in Central Park or the Queen of Hearts mosaic in the 50th Street and Broadway subway station, other photographs take a metaphorical approach.  For example, when the Lory states “I am older and must know better,” we see a father teaching his son how to fish on the bank of Central Park North. When the Queen’s soldiers double up and bend into the arches for the croquet game, we see a Union Square street performer who is bent over backward with his hands on the ground and his feet still midair.

The book’s appendix contains a full listing of each photograph’s location.

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ALICE IN MANHATTAN from Dan Hirshon on Vimeo.

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If you like the story Alice in Wonderland and creative photography, this will probably be a book you will like!  The photos are amazing and capture Lewis Carroll’s story quite well…and all in New York.  I’m glad that the author shared some of the photos with me so that I could share them with you because I think one look at these photos and you will see it is a book you need to purchase and share with friends and family.

We are giving this book 5 paws up…and it doesn’t hurt that there is a dog in there for April & Gracie!


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About the Photographer

The son of a Lewis Carroll scholar and collector as well as amateur travel photographer, Dan Hirshon grew up surrounded by bookshelves of Alice in Wonderland adaptations and artwork and walls of photographs taken around the world. In 2007 he ventured down the rabbit hole into the real life wonderland of New York City where he now works as a filmmaker and photographer.

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