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The world seen upside down; but still so beautiful — or maybe even more!

The first known mirror in the world was perhaps a very clear and still water surface. There is a Greek myth about a beautiful boy, Narcis, who saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with himself. So deep was his love, that he didn’t want to do anything but watch his own reflection, and he did it until he died of lust. I don’t know if the water mirror really is that dangerous, but I’ve fallen in love with Amsterdam reflections. During sunny days, the houses are reflected in the canal water or in the windows of houses on the opposite side. In parks, the image of trees on the water surface looks like a Van Gogh painting.

A reflection becomes even more beautiful the more it differs from the real thing: either crooked, bended, stretched or lopsided — as long as there are no straight lines. The colours themselves are transformed according to the reflecting surface, creating a dreamlike reversed image of reality.

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