Contact Sheet 58 — Magda Schmidtzau

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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 and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. Click on the photos to go to the required blog or Flickr 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.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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

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We’re not the only ones in the Second Life blogosphere who enjoy sharing others’ photographic work with you.  Cajsa Lilliehook has done it irregularly (just like me) in the past, and she recently put up a fresh article on It’s Only Fashion to show some of her current favorites.

They were all good — Cajsa picks good stuff — but one stood out to my own tastes; and quite a bit of her work is just as excellent.  Magda Schmidtzau works largely in the artistic rather than editorial mode; and, when she swings, it’s often a sweet one.  This was the photo that Cajsa chose for her own article:

Anyone familiar with the Art Deco period may see the resemblance we both noticed to the cubist-inspired work of Tamara de Lempicka.  The extra twist here is the futuristic costume and the coloration of the model’s skin; combined with the pose and the background, this makes for an eye-catching and beautiful portrait.

Frida Kahlo has also been an inspiration for Magda; several of her pieces on her Flickr stream, such as this one, are part of an exhibition to the Mexican artist.  Magda’s work often uses various forms of post-processing to achieve the desired effect, and she doesn’t confine herself to any particular school or genre:  portraiture, landscape, graphical forms, color, monochrome, Magda is definitely an experimenter.  The above takes a basic nude model with a headdress of flowers woven into her hair; but then accentuates it with floral-bloom colors and overlays of leaf structure, a background of moving water.  The model seems to be an organic part of her landscape.

While this photo has a feel straight out of the Thirties.  While I’m imagining this to be in the dining car of a Continental train, it could just as easily be at the window seat of a hotel restaurant.  A companion is just suggested by the blurred arm in the foreground, while the depth of field is focused on the model herself.  She, incidentally, has a nice pose with the goblet in her hand, which adds to the general beauty of the photo; the one suggestion I would have made, if possible, would be to use a gripping or fist hand for that arm, which would have completed the illusion of holding the glass quite nicely.  This is a minor stylistic carp on my part, though.

Even her more straightforward photos show an eye for out-of-the-ordinary situations.  This shot was made at an in-world exhibition named Penumbra.

This Resident is an artist definitely worth following, and I urge you to visit her stream and add her to the people you may be following.

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