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Reflection
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REFLECTIONS
 
 
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Our ability to see ourselves when we look at ourselves is something uniquely human. We are through mirroring different from other individuals, despite the many commonalities, we share. Reflection means for nothing to bend back, reflect and consideration. In the mirror image the individuals bend back to observe themselves. Through this view of ourselves gives us an opportunity to evaluate ourselves and think about ourselves. In the mirror meets the external face with the internal consciousness. When we look in the mirror, the face possess us because it shows the allure, we are bound to. We get a mirror of consciousness and in the broader sense a self-reflection.
 
Reflections are everywhere. Between mother and baby, parents and infants, in the mirror stage, in the windows and walls of new buildings; everywhere in the surroundings. We can mirror ourselves, and reflect ourselves and the surroundings. These images show that the reflections are all over. We reflect the surroundings, and are being reflected by the surroundings. We are in the mirror, and we are the mirror at the same time and we are also mirrored in the reflections we are surrounded by.
 
The reflections are part of our extensions into the world and life, they also carry transparency and traces of our fantasies, dreams, memories and wishes. They are facts but have traces of internal, mental extensions and narratives, too.
 
We are experts, what ourselves are concerned. So it seems. No one else knows our thoughts, desires doubt, memories and stories as we do. Still others have taken over in a crucial respect: They can see our faces. To get at the very least some of the knowledge that others have of us, we can use mirrors to see ourselves in the face. Let us reflect in the mirror and thereby reflect upon ourselves.
 
We differ from animals by our self awareness. We hold a mirror up to an animal, believing that it sees a mate when it sees itself. Looking away from chimpanzees, identifying animals themselves as themselves. To see themselves in a mirror and to portray oneself as a portrait is a kind of reflection that not only separates us from animals but also from other people because we are through self reflection and therefore self-consciousness into character and become individuals. And thus an activity which we become 'something for ourselves’. We become literally unique.
 
 
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We not only have knowledge of the body and face, which is structured from early childhood on through the active exploration of the outside world through the body and senses use. We also have a mirror of consciousness, understood as a perception of our exterior via the reflex mirror. We have so to speak, a look at ourselves from outside, and yet it is inside of it ourselves - from ourselves. A self-doubling: We look at ourselves with their own, not others' eyes.
 
The mirror is not an image, it is man himself bounced back from a polished surface. A picture is not identical with its object, but says something more about it. Mirror Image is of no distance from its subject, it is the same. Only a direct television broadcasting which semiologist Umberto Eco notes can have absolute mirror to the reality that is transferred.
 
Our self-awareness is an essential part of our identity. Self-awareness does not come out of thin air; its formation is conditioned by a strong interaction between two people: In the first laps between the child and the mother, which is mirrored in each other. Reflect each other. This mirroring creates child's self-consciousness, mental and bodily. While awareness is reflected in the child's mental psyche it is also formed physical sensations of bodily appearance of facial appearance and facial expression, the body's gestures and expressions.
 
 
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It is hardly entirely possible to imagine a world without mirrors and the loss of confidence in themselves as a kind of world would mean. You know that vagrants and homeless people have lost the internal image of his own appearance, i.e. their faces and their bodies. Most of them do not recognize themselves in a mirror. They do not see themselves.
 
The author Primo Levi recounts the mirrors in more than one meaning human features in an environment where all humanity has disappeared: "In Auschwitz see a young prisoner two women who consider themselves in a puddle. There are no mirrors in the camp, to prevent suicide [!]. They turn their backs on him; they have a scarf on her head, and their clothes hanging in tatters. He looks carefully at the muddy water and recognizes a row. It is his cousins, who bring him news from the family ". (Primo Levi If This is A Man 1988*). Can there be any hope of seeing a reflection of himself when you've arrived in an inferno as a Nazi concentration camp? One can see through the mirror of humanity in the face of the other conditions in the camp itself is so devoid of. The elementary fact of consciousness located in the sight and thus sees themselves and then maybe get clarity is also important to emphasize in the context of visual perception and the mirror. In another concentration camp prisoners managed to save a little, old mirror with a poor finish. The mirror was secretly sent from prisoner to prisoner in the evening as a holy relic, which all could identify with their faces and thereby re trying to get one of the major milestones of man into consciousness again. The benchmark was a (mirror)image, where people could recognize themselves, and it inflicted the mirror that was sent around the camp. A place where all humanity seemed ended, the prisoners gave the mirror image of this essential humanity, face, back and hence also the feeling of it - with the philosopher of aesthetics Ernst Bloch's phrase - upright gait demands an open face.
 
 
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Our self-consciousness has become more and more prominent since the Renaissance. A single man in Western culture is not primarily a part of a genus or a family, as is the case for example in the Arab world. It is of course interplay of many factors: work, religion, upbringing, schooling and other things. This is also supported by our visual culture, in contrast to the Arab world's ornamental visualizations, which also increasingly being influenced by our visual world (think about Facebook and other social media in the Egypt revolution). The images around us reflect on his way too man and it helps to consciousness of itself. Self-Consciousness. Mirror's democratization is probably the factor that has expanded our individuality most.
 
With the invention of the mirror began to the miniature painting instead of mural. The reduced size and motives' progressive emancipation from previous fixed schedules encourages both to a different technique from the artist and another glance at the observer, there is much more intimate and individual. At the same time, the mirror pops up in Western society, which accentuates the same new meanings. With the mirror came yet another medium that was directly related to the glass and mirror's invention and diffusion, namely photographic camera which was made possible through lenses made of glass.
 
In the wake of the emergence of the photographic camera and its optics came the other optical media - movies, television, video and webcam - who was also particularly suited to reproduce the face, close-up. Photography and related visual media was part of a community that turned to mass production and communication. The new production and communication gave lot of experiences and through many able, unlike earlier in portrait painting to see themselves and thus - as in the mirror - receive self-identity.
 
The mirror's democratization was also self democratization. Seeing oneself, one’s own ego, often as part of daily comings contributed greatly to deepening and nuances of human self-consciousness. The mirror general everyday helped in the formation of the unique personality that is an essential feature of our culture. Without the mirrors also a far less clear individuality. This individuality is also self sufficiency, narcissism and its dialectical reflection, exhibitionism, on the lookout.
 
 
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This album is for my son, Aleksandr Bent, and all the reflections that come from his love, spontaneity, energy, curiousness, empathy, wildness, sweetness, sensuality and life! All this and more make me able to reflect and I feel reflect more differentiated and sense more. So this album is for him...!
 
 
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(Image and text copyright c Bent Fausing)
* I translate from a German edition of the book. I have not yet been able to get hold of the English edition. 
 
If you want to read a version of this article with the images that belongs to it, please see this web-address: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?bid=1778287169638&id=1013138833&aid=2098840&l=658c6975e8
 

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