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October 24th, 2012


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01:29 pm - Mirror, Mirror
A Thought for Today: I have a love-hate relationship with mirrors.

I don't enjoy mirrors as a way to see my own reflection. Those 1970s suburban rooms with fully mirrored closet doors? Or, worse, mirrored walls? I shudder forever. Even in my dark little living room, the mirrors I use to reflect light in the space are partially covered, lest I see myself in one and go into a funk for freakin' days.

HOWEVER.

When I was slightly headachey and thus seeking visual prettiness the other day, I found the most amazing picture of a young(ish) Robert Donat. I pinned it here. If you can't see it, it's three-piece-suited handsome Bob (sans moustache), leaning wearily against a wall mirror, with a lovely shadowy profile and shoulders reflected. A beautiful subject, yes, but an intriguing composition, too: it would seem to violate the Rule of Threes {ETA: THIRDS. Am idiot], in that Donat is almost centered in the picture -- but his body is 2/3, the reflection 1/3 of the picture.

(Does a mirror image often only show a third of one's personality? Hmmm.)

I love photographs like that. I love mirrors in films and novels -- the widely derided main-character-looking-into-a-mirror novelist's device? I adore it. A character, especially a role-playing character, looking into a mirror to try to see her/himself? Adore it twice.

And in this late October, I think of the use of mirror as instrument of horror. Not just the Candyman or Bloody Mary trope, but also the thing in the corner, out of focus, that shouldn't be there.

What do you think about mirrors? What do you love or hate about them?

However -- or whether -- you answer, may there be wonderful reflections in your day.

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:October 24th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I hate them, hate them, hate them. I once made a landlord take down a mirrored wall before I moved in...in the dining room, can you imagine?

I do occasionally wonder what it's like to be one of those people who is always seeking out their reflection. That's a whole different world than mine, I can tell you that.

I'll go look at that photo.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I've seen mirrored dining-room walls in shelter mags, and I cannot IMAGINE who thinks it's an awesome idea. I applaud your success in getting it taken down!

Cheers and good thoughts, sans mirrors.
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Even if you enjoy mirrors, who wants to see themselves eating Cheerios?
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From:paratti
Date:October 24th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Mirrors - useful but all too often depressing.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
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It's true that a mirror-check at the right time can save a person from various embarrassments. ;-)

Cheers and hugs, L!
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From:chase820
Date:October 24th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I love mirrors, probably because my place is so freaking tiny. Also, I'm obsessed with twins.

Hope things are well! :)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Mirrors CAN be useful. I just have Issues. ;-)

Cheers and a return of the cool soon!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 24th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Sweet Honey in the Rock has a great song:"Ain't No Mirrors in My Nana's House," and that's the kind of house I'd kind of like.

Also there was a story about a princess who had a mirror that showed her own real beauty while everyone else saw her as hideous. So she grew up confident but not vain. I could go for one of those, too.

But I used to really hate doing yoga in a studio that was used for dance. The mirror kept pulling me away from feeling the poses inside myself, and starting up the whole "Mirror, Mirror on the wall" refrain of invidious comparisons--which I hate whether I'm thinking I look great or awful.

I can't think of too much good about mirrors. They look silver, but their magic is dark indeed.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the yoga/dance studio mirrors! [shudder] I also used to take a strength & cardio class in a dance studio. I really, really didn't need to know what I looked like after high-intensity interval training. ;-)

Cheers and good magic to you, Mamcu!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 24th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Right after I wrote that I had to put in my contacts, so there are some good things about mirrors ;-)

Have a good heading-toward-the-weekend!
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From:gwynnega
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
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That is a wonderful picture of Robert Donat.

I guess I have a love/hate relationship with mirrors in everyday life. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you like the Donat picture, Gwynne! It took my breath away when I first saw it.

Cheers, hugs, and only good mirrors.
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:October 24th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
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I think I look okay, sort of, but when I get a look at practically any candid photo, I think, "What the HELL happened to my neck?"

I must hold it in a way that I don't notice it in mirrors, but MAN, cameras are unforgiving.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 24th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
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The only time I like a camera is when Jimmy Stewart's looking through one in Rear Window. Otherwise.... [shudder]

What we must remember is that cameras lie, lie, lie. ;-)

Cheers and hugs!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 25th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I love mirrors for the reflected light in dark room, but yes, being confronted with oneself (especially out of the corner of an eye while thinking of other things), not so much.

(Aside: You were part of an elaborate dream I had this morning including a random trip to Texas and a flirtatious ASH. It was extraordinarily busy but a pleasure to visit with you!)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 25th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Heeee -- glad to visit with you in the dream-world. Did you have flirtatious ASH on your own, or did you share?

Cheers and hugs!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 25th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Well we were all there together chatting (you were staying in a lavish hotel room with a local friend whom I felt I should know) but you know how dreamscapes slide in and out...when I left the Texas hotel, I was looking for a cab to take me to LAX, so there you are!

Off to see rainkatt tonight so I'll share the cheers and hugs!
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From:heron_pose
Date:October 25th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
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As with most things, I am boring about mirrors: useful -- no, actually, I kind of Want to Know, even when the news is bad. (According to anecdote, La Kate traveled to every location with a full-length, stand-up mirror ... she apparently didn't want to rely on others to Look her Best.)

However, "the thing in the corner, out of focus, that shouldn't be there"? Aieeeeeeeeeeee! x forever!

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 25th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
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You are brave, H_P, even beyond your willingness to use mirrors responsibly! You are also awesome, and v. like La Kate.

Cheers! Hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:October 25th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
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It should be no surprise that I hate mirrors. If I know they're there I can usually avoid seeing myself, but the accidental reflections? Loathe is not too strong a word.

And the possibility of seeing something in a mirror that's not there when you turn around... that's worse than spiders.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 26th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
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Living in the subtropics, I am inured to casual spiders in my habitat. I will NEVER enjoy mirrors! ;)

Cheers and hugs and an awesome weekend, S!

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