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thatsridicarus

invisiblestories:

No. 80

In a moment of despair, I conceive of the book as the paper equivalent of a Claude glass, a tool employed by amateur painters in the 18th century. This black mirror, held up to a landscape, reflected back what was then considered a more picturesque view, simplifying the landscape and freeing the less-skilled painter to concentrate on form and perspective. 

In order to use the mirror, the painter was required to stand with his back to the object he wished to see.

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