Contre-plongée is the way a child sees an adult. The plongée is a dive, throwing yourself from the top to reach the bottom. The counter dive means reaching the top from the lowest point. It's also a photographic technique. The way Americans use the expression 'look up' meaning admire translates the sensation of the contre-plongée; when you have to look up, things do seem greater than you.
Je suis une petite enfant et toi, le adulte qui je regarde.
"I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. My love's not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either. I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person. But I am not omniscient. I have to live my life, and it is the only one I'll ever have. And you cannot regard your own life with objective curiosity all the time."
- The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 07/07/1950.