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Stunning [Sep. 20th, 2015|10:03 am]
Tony Grist
"Stunned" is what you feel when someone just hit you on the back of the head with a frying pan- and you're halfway to unconsciousness, mouth agape, eyes glazed, unable to speak or move. How often has any work of art- or set of celebrity pix- actually affected you that way? Ever? Once or twice in your life?

But the people who write the headlines over at the Mail would be bereft if you took "stunning" away from them. And here's the Guardian at it too- trying to engage our interest in "Lee Miller's "stunning photographs of women at war."  Stunning? Really? Actually, no,  not at all. They're interesting pictures- if that's the sort of thing you find interesting- quite nice- but they don't stop you in your tracks. You register them, then flick on past. If it weren't that that's a woman's face framed in the flying helmet you wouldn't give the image a second's thought.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2015-09-20 09:11 am (UTC)
It's all about superlatives nowadays, which is kind of blunting them as well. Words like "awesome", "amazing", "stunning". Nothing ever seems to be just "interesting" or "nice" anymore.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-20 09:17 am (UTC)
These are words that should be used very, very sparingly..
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-09-20 09:16 am (UTC)
They always need terms to talk you into something.
Unfortunately, even though one would guess this obvious hammer on your head shouldn't affect anyone, it really does...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-20 09:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's salesmanship- or boosterism- as the Americans used to say.
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[User Picture]From: glitzfrau
2015-09-20 11:07 am (UTC)
I have to disagree, here: Lee Miller's photos have genuinely stunned me. Though perhaps seeing them in the atmospheric setting of Leipzig town hall, where some were taken, helped.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-20 12:25 pm (UTC)
Ah well.

I think Lee Miller was an amazing person, but I'm not convinced her photos are anything special- by which I mean any more remarkable than the work of other war photographers.
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From: artkouros
2015-09-20 02:18 pm (UTC)
Stunning post, as always!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-20 04:23 pm (UTC)
I see what you did there.....
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[User Picture]From: lora_diary
2015-09-20 02:30 pm (UTC)

I find her photos are interesting, as addition to her extraordinary destiny.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-20 04:24 pm (UTC)
Interesting, yes, but not stunning.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-09-20 09:20 pm (UTC)
The overuse of certain words just bores me to tears. \it deflates the whole meaning of the word.
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