Lipreading is not about 'reading' the shape of the lips - Art print

Lipreading is not about 'reading' the shape of the lips - Art print


Lipreading is not about 'reading' the shape of the lips - Art print. A4 and A3 size print

There's a misconception that lipreading is just like reading a book. You look at the mouth and read, right?

But no, it's far, far more complicated than that. I have to queue up words in my mind, invent possibilities that fit the facial expression, body language, approximate number of syllables etc etc. Sometimes there are a couple of possibilities, and I hold both in my mind simultaneously, waiting for it to become clear. While I'm doing this, collecting possibilities and sifting through them all, I need to keep the conversation going. So I smile and nod and say 'mmm,' and 'yep...' as appropriate. If I don't do that, the speaker stops, and we haven't gotten anywhere.

Sometimes though, I get right to the end, and I realise that none of the possibilities work. The whole thing just doesn't make sense. And then I have to say, 'Sorry, can you go right back to the start?'

And you might wonder, well why were you nodding and smiling and saying yes all along when I didn't understand. But that's because it's how lipreading works. It's not a lie. It's the only practical way to do it.

It can take a whole minute or two after the speaker finishes, that it suddenly comes to me what was said.

As you can imagine, this is incredibly hard work. I have an hour of lipreading in me a day, tops. After that, fatigue sets in. And if I go too far, pushing myself for maybe 3 hours, I am WIPED afterwards, and my head pounds. It can literally take me days to recover.

This is why, even though I'm a pretty competent lipreader, I prefer other modes of conversation.


The work will be printed with my Epson Artisan 1430 printer, using Epson Claria Photographic Inks which are fade-safe for 200 years in an album and highly fade resistant on the wall. It will be printed on 167gsm A3 Epson matte archival paper which is acid free.

The image will be resized to fit A3 and A4 paper with a narrow margin for framing.

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