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Once you've taken note of something, it's easier to recognize. Emulation in art and music works on this principle and is hugely powerful in the development of a signature vision or style. Most of the time we don't recall where we've seen or heard something, yet subtly influences what we do--sometimes for our entire lives. Long shadows and chiaroscuro are something we've noticed for eons. 
What's interesting is the distinction between "I've seen that before" as a cynical comment about cliche, and a moment of inspiration, i.e. "I've seen that before and I don't recall where--but I like it." 

If you do a search "bottle shadow photography" you'll notice neural nets have noticed. This brings us to the larger question of whether machine learning has spotted all our cliches--and removed all inspiration. (I was thinking of a photo I had seen--perhaps by Brassai).

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0972. The problem with bright ideas is that they cast shadows that people like to find. If there are no shadows, people will illuminate them at different angles so as to produce them.

0948. Metaphors are lights that cast shadows that either matches the outline of an object or are completely different. In the latter, there is no 'illumination.' But perhaps if you reverse the metaphor (where the shadow and objects change places), it may reveal something interesting.

0764. Pure creativity contains no cliche, nor obscures it. Once an original idea is released into the environment, its main predator is the meme, the internet its vector.

0745. Sometimes the hardest part of making art is removing or eliminating options or removing cliché or putting those things back in selectively.

0644(06). The shape of a shadow can be didactic: it is usually in a form that is counterintuitive to the object. Shadows are essentially subjective to the nature of the light source.

0273. Cliché is a useful device in that it streamlines the creative process by using the familiar. Familiarity makes the inherent boredom in cliché more tolerable.

0123. America is always building on what it already is, and if you deleted a whole chapter of American history, how would you also erase the collective memory of it? After the internet, isn't cyberspace a constant shadow of what we are? (11/2004)

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