Contact Sheet 16

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life and other virtual worlds. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr, Koinup or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here), if you have an account on the appropriate service.

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NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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As always for Contact Sheet, I hope to present a variety of different pieces from artists old and new.  Let’s get started!

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AM Radio keeps coming up with builds that are the rage of the Second Life art community, or at least portions of it.  In this piece, His latest, The Red and the Wild, is imaged by Icarus Robbiani, and reminds me that I need to go take a look at it soon.  This reminds me of a bunch of water towers out of the Midwest of my youth, probably near the railroad tracks and left over from the days of steam.

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AM usually creates vistas of quiet, sometimes stark, beauty.  A different beauty is found here by Cala Rossini, entitled Lainee Baxton — After the Dance.  Taken in Las Arenas Rosadas, Lainee appears to be contemplating the events of the night following her dance.  What is it that she considers…?

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Ariel Brearly offers us enlightenment — there for the taking.  The piece is surreal, to say the least, and does not offer a convincing argument for the ease of acquiring “enlightenment” to my way of thinking.  Understanding is something that is never there just for reaching out and grasping it; you must work for it, take the time for it — sometimes even fight for it.  Such is the case here.

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Fashion again here, more blatantly fashion in this case.  I’ll always appreciate the beauty and aritstry of such pieces, though; just take a look at the work of Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and Irving Penn, for instance; and much of my own work tries to achieve such artistry.  In this instance, Adianna Price gives you a view of a Nicky Ree gown named Snow Angel.

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Mermaids were in the last Contact Sheet, as I recall, but why not again?  “kyota” took a shot of a mermaid avatar at Mermaid Temple sim, with some delicious hair that I would like to get hold of myself.

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Rena Sakai is an artist of both the Asian æsthetic and the nude.  Her piece Yin/Yang illustrates the ancient concept of balance in a striking nude image — though, to be purist about it, one of the models should be a man.  This is a minor quibble at best; the point is made with excellence.

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One could make the case that “Avatrian’s” photo of Rodion in the Gold English Armour is purely commercial, based on the description below, shilling for sales.  The pose is so heroic, though, putting me in mind of the knight from the movie The Tale of Despereaux, that I want to include it.  The armor does appear well made, and Saint George comes to mind on viewing “Rodion” in his pose.

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Kimberly Mirabeau gives an excellent description of what inspired her to create Magic Mirror.  Little needs to be said about this piece; the charm, as well as many meanings, speak by themselves.  Look into the mirror and behold….

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Chimera Cosmos takes us to the Cathedral on the Isle of Wyrms, and gives me another location to explore.  I think I’ve seen other views of the island before, but I need to get there myself and look it over, see what the possibilities are there.

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Finally for this outing, past column artist Florence Babenco gives us an afternoon down an alleyway in Cicada region.  I like this very much, but I also wonder what it would look like if, say, some photographer went into the Blarney Stone or another club some afternoon, scooped a few folks away, and asked them to pose as models to give a little more life to the streets.  The back streets and alleys in such towns, after all, are often hives of activity, with kids playing and neighbors visiting.

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Until next time, I remain y’r ob’d’nt….

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