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Importance of the First Impression
Importance of the First Impression

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Collection: Photo Essays
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2015

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my february 2015 photo essay though really it is three years old and really it is about art history.

Importance of the First Impression

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03/06/2015 10:11:59 PM
a POEM??? uh oh, you have found my secret.
03/06/2015 01:16:35 PM
I listened to your first impressions piece several times until I found that what I was really experiencing was a period of REM. Yours.
We quite recently found out that REM, a rapid eye movement in a stage of sleep is that unit in which certain memories are consolidated and in which this energized sleep forms associative elements into new combinations.
The scientists say that during REM, the activity of the brain's neurons is quite similar to that during waking hours only that it depends on the age and complexities of the individual to make something of this stage of paradoxical sleep.

They also say that:
"According to studies, the mental activity that takes place during NREM (non-rem) sleep is believed to be thought-like, whereas REM sleep includes hallucinatory and bizarre content"

I could not follow each of the points of the essay properly since at times my mind reacted in a contradictory way and had moments when I would have said: but au contraire Monsieur! And then I realized that your composed voice with a pleasing tone paradoxically accompanied the flow of images and created, yes, a POEM.
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03/04/2015 06:29:33 PM
To adjust and refine the reality within the mirror, a great line. Paul is correct in his observation of the multitude of gems in this monologue, fairy dust and a heady brew. And a wonderful speaking voice. I like the girl to man phrasing. This is much more a enlightening and engaging essay than I could conceive. Its fluid nature reflects the viscosity of oil paint and is as reflective of its subject mirror. I like how these essays slowly build our perceptions of each other and the possibility of changing those perceptions with artistic whim.
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03/04/2015 04:48:07 PM
thoroughly enjoyed hearing your voice, words are like light, they wash over me.
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03/03/2015 07:16:53 AM
It's not what I expected. Or, more accurately, it is what I expected, which was something unexpected.

For me the greatest pleasure of poetry is in the prospecting; plucking out the little sparkles of precious stones studded through the vein of the thing. I'm not a scholar of the structure of poetry, nor of the conventions of verse and their corresponding unconventions. But I do love couplets and phrases and allusions that make me feel that I've felt this feeling before, when I know I have not.

Exquisite examples here: crows like "little geishas in black kimonos"; Manet "paints his own light on the flowers"; and even "In spite of the white hat worn by the New Rome". These are not the only reasons I (infrequently) read poetry, but they are the reasons that leave indelible marks on me. I feel uncomfortable that I'm often indifferent to the bigger picture. I like bites of it, but seldom can I manage a meal. I think I get distracted by the resonance of those scattered snapshots, and you know how I feel about snapshots: they may be modest but they mean the most and they last forever.

So I won't attempt to judge nor even measure the piece as a whole. It made sense; it was interesting and illuminating. I was informed and entertained by it. The pictures were crafted very effectively with the words. But I'm taking the gemstones home for my treasure box. I'm a collector, you see, so I can't help it.

Thank you.

ETA: I think the title of the piece is surpassing wise. The conjunction of Manet, and the mirror device, with the emergence of photography is a very heady brew. A further thank you.

Message edited by author 2015-03-03 07:36:28.
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03/02/2015 04:24:51 AM
Where are your photographs? Brilliantly organized and presented. I need to go through this one more time before I can make a proper comment.
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03/01/2015 01:02:01 PM
seriously. This is wonderful.
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03/01/2015 09:58:21 AM
Holy cow! stop
More to follow stop
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03/01/2015 12:19:36 AM
My admiration has increased threefold. Thanks for this.
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02/28/2015 11:15:37 PM
If I had another life I would study poetry if for no other reason than to be able to appreciate your immense talents. I don't know how a person even begins to create art such as this. It was wonderful to view. Thank you for sharing it.
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