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Contact Sheet 58 — Magda Schmidtzau   Leave a comment


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.

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


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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If someone vanishes in Second Life   1 comment

Something to give serious thought about; not that you have to do, but it might be a good thing to do.

Jo Yardley's Second Life

If you’ve been in Second Life for a while, sooner or later someone you know and/or care about will vanish from your virtual life.
They don’t say goodbye, they don’t leave a note, they don’t cancel their rent, they don’t clear their land, they simply never log on again.

There can be many different reasons for someone to just vanish like that, it could be something as innocent as being stuck somewhere during a holiday without internet and losing their rental and deciding they don’t want to return, maybe their computer breaks and they cant afford a new one or maybe they have gotten themselves into some drama in SL and decide that simply staying away is the best solution.
But it could also be something rather serious, they may be very unwell or even have died.

People sometimes don’t realise how much they mean to their virtual friends and community…

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Posted February 24, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Uncategorized

8th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Update 3; What We Would Wear   Leave a comment

Last normal update before the contest closes in a few weeks.  The good news is that we have enough entries for a contest.  The bad news is that there’s only 13 entries so far.  That’s way down from past years.  I always work hard to get the word out, but it doesn’t seem to be taking this year.  So I’m calling on all of you who haven’t entered yet, or who haven’t written anything up on the contest this year — help me out.  I want to have the toughest judging year in the eight-year run of this contest!  Start submitting entries to the group, and spread the word!  With 50 grand in linden dollars up for grabs, half to the winner, it’s worth the time to enter — you’ll be able to afford a couple of Catwa heads and a substantial makeup suite, and still have money left over for a new dress!  Plus fame and fortune (at least within Second Life).  So enter now, and get the word out!!!



Jem and I managed to snag a good box at the theatre for this year’s Academy Awards.  And, even though we weren’t nominated for anything, well, this is the Oscars.  You dress to the nines for this show!

See all the discussion on the next page.

Someday My Prince Will Come   1 comment


Yeah, but I kinda need him here now; I’m late for work!

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OFPC Extra — 2017 Vanity Fair Cover   Leave a comment

Photo by Annie Leibowitz; copyright 2017 Annie Leibowitz and Vanity Fair magazine.

Photo by Annie Leibowitz; copyright 2017 Annie Leibowitz and Vanity Fair magazine.

Appearing together (L-R):  Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Neggia, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig, Janelle Monáe.

See the 2017 Hollywood Portfolio at Vanity Fair magazine, online or on your newsstand.

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Amazing Photo Shares   Leave a comment

If you’ve been to my Flickr stream, you’ll see that I put up most of my photos under Creative Commons sharing allowances.  As long as you attribute who took the photo, I’m usually cool with the use.  Well, Cajsa Lilliehook added a plurk tonight, talking about some of the…interesting…uses her own photos have been put to.  Someone apparently illustrated an article on food spots in Palos Verdes, Calif. with a photo of a kale burrito she took one time.

That made me wonder where my own photos have been to, so I Googled “photo by Harper Ganesvoort”, and this is what I’ve found:

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8th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Update 2; Last Year’s RL Red Carpet   4 comments

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Can you rock the red carpet and get your name into this envelope? You still have time.
For the first seven callers, we offer at no additional cost, fame, fortune and 15 minutes in the limelight!!!

This year’s entries for the OFPC can be described by an adjective a writer of my acquaintance used to refer to international mail in the 1970s and 1980s:  “lentitudinous.”  I can’t find a formal definition, even in Oxford, but I’ve always taken it to be a £50 way to say “sluggish.”  This point in the competition always drives me up the wall, and makes me start worrying that I’ll have a small pack to judge.  I’d rather have scads of entries than a mere handful.  That sends me off into the convoluted coils of Flickr, looking for evening gown shots that aren’t necessarily on theme, but might be contenders.

Please keep me from buying a bottle of St. John’s wort this year.  You still have time to enter!  Of course, you should do so only if you want a shot at L$25,000 and an opportunity to bask in Hollywood-like glory for a time.  You know how to find the rules (grin).  And, if you’re on Flickr and get an invitation from me to enter, don’t turn it down.  It’s no guarantee of placement; I give the invitation to anyone who has a likely looking photo.  But it is an encouragement to take your shot — or do another shot, and submit that one officially!

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