Reflections

Like a landscape reflected on water, translation conveys an image or a thousand words through a different medium, or making use of a different structure. How different are language systems from one another? How different is water from air? While it’s never exactly the same, one is perfectly recognizable in the other. A reflection is not merely a copy — the medium where it is conveyed changes with the context and depends on the viewer’s perspective as well. They are intrinsically connected, and while the reflection would not exist without the landscape, it is the reflection that takes the landscape farther, making it higher and brighter.

Image credits:

"Mirror Pond" by Kevin Dinkel

“Mirror Pond” by Kevin Dinkel (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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"Lake Reflections" by Yinan Chen “Lake Reflections”  by Yinan Chen (CC BY 2.0)
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Five Rocks by Andrea Lastri “Five Rocks” by Andrea Lastri (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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"Mirror image sunrise on Padarn lake" by Hefin Owen “Mirror image sunrise on Padarn lake” by Hefin Owen (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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"Mirror Lake The Canadian Rockies" by Abigail Pires“Mirror Lake The Canadian Rockies” by Abigail Pires (CC BY 2.0)
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"Mirror Lake, New Zealand" by Patrick Kiteley“Mirror Lake, New Zealand” by Patrick Kiteley (CC BY 2.0)
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