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Since experiencing a severe brain injury in 2003, visual artist Emisch Oghma has studied and practiced face reading as therapy for a rare diagnosis of agnosia - the inability to recognize and identify objects or persons. Like a person with advanced dementia, he literally could not recognize or remember people's faces. It was, he said, an unsettling world populated only by archetypes and clones.
Against all prognoses and odds, Emisch was determined to rebuild his mental capacities - he had two young sons to raise and they needed a functioning father. After modernizing Siang Mien, and by being more observant, caring and interested in individuals' faces, Emisch's agnosia has steadily improved. His book is IN YOUR FACE: WHAT'S YOURS SAYING ABOUT YOU?
Emisch Oghma lives in Victoria, BC, Canada. His website is at emischoghma.com