Contact Sheet 25

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 or under Fair Use terms; all rights are reserved to the original artists. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr or Koinup 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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Time for another trip into the lands of virtual-world photography.  It’s a generalized collection this time around, leaning toward landscapes, but with a few faces thrown in for good measure.

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First off, ruby Okelly gives us a lovely fashion shot of an Azul gown that could pass for something worn in the location she’s posing in — Elfhame.  The bell tower framed just behind her shoulder, as well as the circular nimbus of light, add to the beauty and visual interest of the composition, drawing you toward ruby’s face.  (She has a SLurl here for those who want to see this bell tower in more detail.)

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Anyone who remembers the first appearance of a Borg queen in the movie Star Trek:  First Contact will understand the cyberpunkish menace contained in Trapped by Nessy Shepherd.  This also brings back memories of a public service announcement about disembodied heads carried around in boxes by robots — all that’s left of people’s bodies.  When the robot leaves a head somewhere and takes off, the “man” inside the box can’t move anywhere on his own power.

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I’m not sure if Eileach Eilid by Rituko is a picture of another elven sim, or something representative of a wilder part of the Irish countryside; all I can say is it’s beautiful.

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In a 180 from evening-gown fashion, Hiroko offers us Grandma, a simple sitting of an elderly woman doing her needlework.  Charming in its simplicity and moving in its emotion.

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Another beautiful landscape, The sunset of the southern wind is a South Seas-island setting by “YuNEO Nagy.”  The SL region is called Crossing Currents, and again there is a SLurl for visitors.

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Tymus Tenk gives us another vista of green loveliness, Misty Mountains12 (sic).  No SLurl to this; I’ll see if I can jog his memory when I put the notice of this article on his stream.

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To finish this offering, Nyla Rossini offers us Africa, a closeup portrait of a proud princess or warrior woman.  The lighting, the dewy face of the woman and her gaze offside to something that catches her attention is near perfection, if not actually there.  I’m not sure what to name that expression:  serenity, pride, hauteur, love, what…?  It simply holds you in thrall.

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