Reflections [Part 1]

What, if anything, does a reflection say about the object reflected? What is the relationship between the “original” and its “copy”? Often, we perceive of the reflection as an imperfect representation of the real thing: distorted by ripples on the water or disrupted by structural elements. But what if a reflection is not simply an inferior look-a-like, what if it actually tells us something fundamental about the object reflected? Could it enlarge and emphasize the essential characteristics and inherent flaws of that object? Show that, in reality, things might not be as stable, smooth, and perfect as they appear. Be somehow more real than reality itself. Water, glass, and mirrors are ideal reflecting surfaces, allowing us to see ourselves and the world around us in a way that is simultaneously distancing and estranging–upside down, rippled, torn, distorted, faded– and confirming and reassuring — yes, the world is still here, I am still here, for I can see my reflection.

 

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