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Disorder #3 [20060508|18:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Disorder #3


Autism.

Oliver Sacks describes the heartbreaking case of a pair of twins who spent their waking hours locked in communion through complex patterns of integers. They took a particular pleasure in the exchange of primes: the longer, the better. Eventually they were separated and lost their instinctive mathematical abilities, though they were able to conduct their lives in a semblance of normalcy.
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From: ripperlyn
2006-05-08 22:23 (UTC)
Um, clearly we all knew she would be so hot as a blonde, because not only is she hot no matter what, but she's also incredibly smart and talented and lovely and wonderful, and the brain is the most important sexual organ.

Or something. I've had some wine, excuse me. :)
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From: tdj
2006-05-08 18:00 (UTC)
I dig the hell out of this one.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:34 (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-05-08 18:19 (UTC)
Woah, those twins coulda been used by the NSA for cryptography! Everyone loves a prime!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:30 (UTC)
According to Sacks' account, they were capable of generating up to twenty-digit primes, or so he believed. He didn't really have a way to check at the time, since his table only went up to ten-digit primes and anything larger had to be calculated by hand. o_O
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2006-05-08 18:21 (UTC)
That's a great pic. My sister has autism - though no savant stuff for her, as she has severe retardation. She's mostly confined to rocking back and forth and listening to loud music on her headphones.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:19 (UTC)
That's terribly sad. I wonder what the music does for her. Can she articulate anything? (If my question is too invasive, please accept my apologies and ignore.)
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-05-08 19:12 (UTC)
I'm without sufficient words but didn't want to not say anything at all. I'll get back to you if I find them.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:24 (UTC)
Please do. I always appreciate your comments and criticism.
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[User Picture]From: tepesh
2006-05-08 20:16 (UTC)
Great piece! But my own OCD is forcing me to point out that 4 isn't prime. :(
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:13 (UTC)
Drat. I meant the numbers to be read together as 3541, which is prime. I guess they don't come across that way.

On a different note, a die in that image is from your former (cursed) mottled green set. ;-D
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[User Picture]From: impix
2006-05-08 20:38 (UTC)
i love this...i want to see more.


also, i hope you dont mind but i used one of the pictures of me from regents park
:)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:11 (UTC)
There will be more soon, and thank you.

And I'm thrilled to see that pic of you in your profile!
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From: ripperlyn
2006-05-08 22:22 (UTC)
...fuck, once more. The images in this series are so incredibly amazing and completely unique, while at the same time hinting at older things. I like the mathematical influence in them all, as well. They're so damn precise. It's amazing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:34 (UTC)
They're so damn precise.

That's interesting. I think it's because for each of these, I've had a nearly exact idea of what I wanted it to look like. It changes subtly as I experiment while shooting, but the fundamental expression is pretty firmly rooted.
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[User Picture]From: prosicated
2006-05-09 01:44 (UTC)
*swoon* These shots are pulling out all of the really analytic capabilities you bring to your art. I love the intensity of planning and execution in them.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:38 (UTC)
Thank you for this, and also for the pimping in your own journal. It was a great boost for me. The latest one took a lot of advance preparation (painting and stenciling) so that makes me particularly glad it's coming across in the end product.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2006-05-09 03:00 (UTC)
Holy crap! I guess the depression is doing wonders for your photography. No one would choose it, I know, but the pictures are amazing. And you are pretty darn hot as a blond. But all the time as well of course. And I think I was one of those twins...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:41 (UTC)
Mostly I think of it the other way around: photography does wonders for the depression. As soon as I stop planning and executing this stuff and start thinking about "real life," depression pounces.
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[User Picture]From: supiluliumas
2006-05-09 03:10 (UTC)
I am consistently blown away by both the artistic and technical quality of your work. It is fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:47 (UTC)
Thank you very much.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2006-05-09 05:16 (UTC)
Stunning. Both you and the photo.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:48 (UTC)
It still weirds me out to see myself blonde.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-09 09:03 (UTC)
I hear you. The autism spectrum could be a whole series in itself.

Also, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-05-09 18:07 (UTC)
I love the way this series is coming together- you've been coming up with great concepts and executing them beautifully! This is another one that's almost-hypnotic in its effect on the eyes. I like the subtle and thoughtful choices you made to break the left-right symmetry in the faces. Beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:57 (UTC)
I'm delighted that they're generating enough interest for you to examine them closely. The most challenging part of this one was the expression on my face. I was trying to jam as much love into my eyes as possible while staring at a blank wall.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-05-09 22:24 (UTC)
I really should read this book, it sounds very interesting, and it gets an extra star for having inspired this string of very impressive photos. It gets super eerie when I focus in on their eyes looking at each other, I get a real sense of a strong connection. I think that's a great idea, gallery show!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-10 18:55 (UTC)
If you're anything like me, and since you're a scientist too I think you are, it's going to frustrate you a bit. He assumes a certain level of familiarity with psychoanalytical terms while simultaneously leaving out a lot of technical description that I would have liked to read, probably to avoid putting off the layperson.

Yes, the eyes were very very important for this image. It was difficult to pretend to be focusing on the imaginary person across from me while staring at a blank wall, not to mention trying to jam totally exclusive adoration into the expression.
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