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Collection: Canal 118
Date Uploaded: Nov 1, 2017

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11/14/2017 08:52:26 AM
I think the essay/ poem is amazing. Like always your photographs are outstanding. I thought the two (words and photographs) supported each other perfectly. I had no trouble being pulled into the image as I sensed the shock of what I was reading. We have had some memorable essays over the years but this one will stand out for me for a long time.
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11/08/2017 03:01:42 AM
Clive, I love the mood you have created with the distorted reflections. I t reminds me of a real life version of The World's End movie in a kind of way, though I could be wrong. Paul is correct in remembering that we all have these people in our lives. Your essay makes me wonder if we ourselves are remembered as one of these characters rather than just an observer. Wonderful work meshing reality with your well honed craft.
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11/05/2017 03:20:27 PM
Wonderful essay about memories. I love the reflections most.
The first time when I looked at it I was so fascinated about the words that I didn't pay attention on the pictures.
But when looking at the essay the next times I found out how perfectly these fit together.
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11/05/2017 03:31:17 AM
I remember those same people. I thought I'd forgotten them. Thank you.
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11/04/2017 08:14:25 PM
I've been through your essay several times over several days, Clive. It's compelling and evokes strong emotions and memories for me. In my adolescent years, there was a wash that passed from a culvert near the Pacific under the coast highway to an outflow at the shore. Most of the time the outflow was backed up and the smells of the stagnant water were overpowering. Yet, this was the only safe way to cross under the busy highway to the beach. We locals referred to it as the "Polio Pit." Despite the stench and dark, dank atmosphere, it too was a place of mystique and sketchy activity.

Thanks for your essay, which on its own is a remarkable set of poetry, images, memories and emotional exposition. I would say I really enjoyed it, but the past tense of that statement is inaccurate. It's lodged in my head for the time being. I expect to revisit it several more times at least. I echo the praise of the those who have commented earlier - Canal 118 is a powerful work.
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11/03/2017 10:11:38 AM
I can read this essay as, a poem
I can read this essay as, a set of beautiful pictures
I can read this essay as, a set of memories, but I know
I can read this essay 100 times and every time, my feeling will be different.

Thank you Clive
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11/03/2017 09:49:09 AM

I add a bit of my thoughts also for what's worth.

Your essay is quite shattering and the more you delve into it the more powerful it gets. It is primarily a poem though.
For me it's hard to read both words and images probably because of the layout of the pages. I go for either words or images and do two readings.
I find here the words more important than the evoked images; but that's not entirely true because the last pages are just as needed. Perhaps I just object to the font. Ah, little nitpicking, insignificant details.
It feels like a cry in the desert. But such is memory.

Or, as someone said: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there"
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11/01/2017 02:55:53 PM
Clive, very enjoyable! Iíve gone through your essay a few times. For some reason, I end up spending more time interpreting your words than images. The supporting photographs, windows into this place, stayed in the background. We have canals like this in Washington, DC so this might explain why the environment seems so familiar. I found it easy to fall into your essay and make it my own experience.

What I really enjoyed is how your text depicted a place without delving into your images. Matter of fact descriptions and explanations of photographs, besides date and location, can and most often do ruin a picture. You stayed out of the way and I thank you for that.
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11/01/2017 12:53:34 PM
a place evokes a memory, and therefore becomes a portal to another time and a world larger than itself.

I often ask myself how do I combine words and images? I see failure after failure, where words just seem to distract from the imagery or vice versa. The two distinct media seem to hate each other.

and here you come along and make it look so easy. your words and your images need each other like two people falling in love.

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