Contact Sheet 31 — Monochrome

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life and other virtual worlds. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws. 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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NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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It’s only been four columns ago, but a year of actual time, since I did a feature on black-and-white photography.  In that time, a lot more photos have accumulated at my Koinup group.  Here’s a sampling of what I feel are the best in this, the foundation form of photography, and still the best form, according to some.

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(C) copyright 2011 by SavoreeLeDesir. Used by permission of Creative Commons License

“Film noir” ran through my head when I saw the thumbnail for SavoreeLeDesir’s Hotel Chelsea.  The “big” splash of lurid red on the hotel’s sign against the monochromatic background had that effect, though the rest of the composition is purely straightforward.  I’m not even sure if Savoree had that idea in mind when she took the photo.  It just seems to leap out at you for a few seconds before you get drawn into the remainder of the shot.

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manou’s audrey_003, on the other hand, reminds me of the stylized Fifties fashion photography of Irving Penn at first.  It has the minimalist simplicity, even starkness, that Penn often used, especially when taking photos of his model wife, Lisa Fonssagrives.

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Sylvia Boyle captured a location with interesting light in Tree of life.  Getting yourself positioned inside projected light like this can be tricky if you lose the “mouse-hold” on your avatar, but Sylvia worked through any problems she may have had.  The walls to the sides focus your attention in to the center, which is then drawn by the light beams down to the model on the grass, seeking healing from the purifying light.

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LookatmyBack has stripped away the trappings from the introduction to the game Fallout 3, and gotten down to the meat of the message — war never changes.

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Some people look on monochrome as cool and detached, but that is so only to the extent that the photographer chooses to be so.  Color does have some advantages; yet, in a skilled hand, monochrome can portray depths of emotion, such as passion (Kiss Me by Bellanima)…..

…pure joy (Ballet by Hiroko)….

…reverence and pleading (Prayer by paolamills)….

…and even give you moments of fear and terror (112 Ocean Avenue by TanaLiberaTutti).

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Two final shots of a classic for black-and-white, the nude.  First, the happy contentment of After Glow by MatildaP; and, finally, a cooler, detached shot that still carries a note of warning:  Identify 2 by photoliv42.

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Until next time, I remain y’r o’b’dn’t….

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