Contact Sheet 37 — Merlin Renfold, BeatriceCerise, anna Anton, wiseSandalwood

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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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Contact Sheet will be a little more frequent over the next four weeks, as I’m working on a series of columns (the previous one was the first) featuring as much new talent from Koinup as I can find.  Some old tried and trues will be here as well, or people with established photo reputations and libraries, but I want to bring forward new talent that is just starting or hasn’t had a chance for the most part.


Merlin Renfold offers us a new kind of camera perfect for Hallowe’en — the Demon cam.  I truly enjoy the post-production use of colors and textures here to give the maximum otherworldly quality to an otherwise standard tight closeup.


Darkness and shadow add the moods of mystery, suspense or plain suspension, longing — in some contexts, evil and foreboding.  It all depends on how the photographer composes the shot, or the writer pens the lines, and also what you add into it yourself.  “BeatriceCerise” gives us a view of a woman gazing out on a dark, lonely street, and it makes me wonder what is spinning through her thoughts; does she seek someone who has left her?  Who is supposed to come, and hasn’t yet?  In a second, more fashion-oriented shot, darkness here creates instead a framing, shielding away the unessentials and focusing attention on the model.


The person who has not felt passion at some time in their life for another is a person in poverty indeed.  anna Anton shows two different sides of passion, here and here.  In the first, we see the tender moment that is to be treasured; the second portrays the power — and, perhaps, another thing that excites us…the danger.


As a finale for this column, “wiseSandalwood” (or is that wise Sandalwood?) was messing around back in August, according to the talk beneath this photograph, and produced this shot.  She didn’t think it was much.  Over 200 views and 19 faves disagree.

Posted October 27, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Photographs

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