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Contact Sheet 55 — Outstanding Photo Work By Tamary   Leave a comment

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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 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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I’m finally re-activating my Contact Sheet column; and as my first piece here in many a month, I give you this order. Go to Flickr, now, and give this photo a fave.  I wish you could give it more than one fave, in fact, because it’s absolutely fantastic!  Tamary has assembled a lovely composition here of her as the model tying her hair back in the mirror, and then raised it from good to outstanding with her choice of lighting, positioning, and the post work to add in the reflection of herself in the old mirror. And I just realized why I enjoy it so much; because it reminds me of the painter’s work of Andrew Wyeth at his best — a sort of hyper-realistic distillation of a moment in time, with the model focused and intent on the small daily task and ignoring totally the photographer capturing the moment.

If there were an award for outstanding photo of the year in Second Life, this would be high in the running, in my opinion.  I really can’t praise this enough; it just captures a mood perfectly!

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We’re All Alone   1 comment

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I love doing “duet” sessions with Conan when he gets the chance. He cleans up nicely, and he’s gradually getting even better looking as time goes on. Here, we’re at part of the current exhibit in LEA25, which has a few spots we can work with. A good thing on the last, as scripts are disabled there; neither of us were able to use AnyPose for smiles or eye movement, even when we added it off sim and jumped back in. But we’re adaptable, if nothing else.

Outside the rain begins
And it may never end
So cry no more, on the shore a dream
Will take us out to sea
Forevermore, forevermore

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Conan is in a very nice formal suit from Prism for Men, on the same sim as the women’s store. A HUD gives you two shirt colors and for different tie patterns.  As for me, I’m in a dress I discovered from ArisAris on the Marketplace, also HUD driven, with Zuri jewelry (currently new, and so available to members for 25% off), and a pair of half-length gloves from Valentina E. exclusively for Maitreya Lara.  These are just one set in an extremely fair gacha at the current round of Whimsical; and, while not perfect — the hand is very rigid looking — the colors are excellent for all types.  I put together the whole collection with very little “investment” in duplicates.

Close your eyes and dream
And you can be with me
‘Neath the waves, through the cave of hours
Long forgotten now
We’re all alone, we’re all alone

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Learn how to pretend

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Love in the shadows — a wonderful thing.

Once a story’s told
It can’t help but grow old
Roses do, lovers too, so cast
Your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear, oh, hold me dear

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So much for stargazing…because you are all the stars in the sky for me.

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
All’s forgotten now
We’re all alone, all alone

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Scroll on down for a live performance of “We’re All Alone” by the songwriter and original singer, Boz Scaggs.

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Owe it to the wind, my love


The details:

We're All Alone Conan

Conan (as Pharo) is wearing —

  • Skin: Swallow Daniel (peach, brown eyebrows)
  • Eyes: EDDESIGN HD – 2010 Acqua eyes (dark blue sky 40)
  • Hair: Redgrave Chris (Blond)
  • Attachments: SLink Male Hands and Feet
  • Suit: Prism for Men Leo (white)
  • Shoes: Heth Haute Couture Kenneth boots (with socks)
  • Jewelry: Heth Haute Couture Quinn men’s ring

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Harper (as Dannta) is wearing) —

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara V3.5, with feet added
  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: La Boheme Eyes Spellcraft (Prussian Blue)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Glittering Heights
  • Dress: ArisAris / B&W Serenade Dress
  • Shoes: Italiano Sea Star sandals (vintage)
  • Accessories: Valentina E. Garbo gloves (Midlength Gold) (gacha, Maitreya only item, L$50/play at Whimsical event through September 8); Zuri Rayna Serpo suite (earrings, bracelets, ring and necklace (Antique Gold)
  • Makeup: Glamorize Drama eyeshadow (Black – Black/Purple); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze liner (yellow) (vintage); Glamorize On Point lipstick (Warm Brown); FATElashes v2.0

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Photographed at Invictus, LEA25.

All photos available on Flickr in full size (PNG).

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Formal Portrait, 2016   1 comment

2016 Formal Portrait, Harper full

I like to do a full-on formal portrait of myself for my wall every couple of years; this gives me a record of  how I’ve evolved since my “advent” in October 2007, beyond everything I’ve published over the years.  I’ll probably tweak this a little before I place it up on the wall in my living room, but not considerably.  And Jemmy, since she and Conan share the house with me now, has been prevailed upon to shoot a formal as well; and I’ll start arm-twisting Conan before long!  Anyway, watch on here in just a little while for Jemmy’s photo article; I told her to hold off until I get mine up.

Here’s a medium closeup, for those interested.

2016 Formal Portrait, Harper


The details:

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: La Boheme Eyes Sidhe (6)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Visionaire (Cerise)
  • Attachments: Slink Avatar Enhance Hands and Feet
  • Outfit: Zaara Chandni sari (olive; now with Maitreya version added into the package)
  • Shoes: Glamistry Hibiscus Heels
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Sile necklace (Cherry) and earrings (Fucsia); Finesmith Isabella Hair combs (Bronze) x 3; Logo Elegance in Chains Gold necklace (vintage, worn as a chaplet); [M.Couture Destiny rings; Mandala Takara Bangles (Inca gold)
  • Makeup: JUMO YOUnique eyeshadow (Green Yellow); MUA All the Ways Eyeliner (Pack 1 – 1); Zibska Lordes lipstick (04); Oceane Body Design Eyeconic mesh lashes

Photographed at House Marikh, Danbi region, Mainland

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Tweeting   Leave a comment

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I finished up a survey I volunteered to take on religion in Second Life today, and took some time afterward to wander around the land.  As I was walking back from the Celtic cross I have on a sub-island, look what I spotted sitting on my bridge!  He was a friendly type — didn’t move an inch when I bent closer to talk to him.  I felt like Snow White for a minute, singing to the birds in the forest….

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Snow White didn’t dress like this, though, which I found at a side location while I was picking up my eyeshadow for this shoot.  Green and black leather, fitting nicely, soft and supple when I move.  I matched this dress with new rings and earrings from Modern Couture, and a bracelet from Zuri Rayna.

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And, at last, a long hairstyle I enjoy!  The Tsubasa wig from Argrace fits wonderfully, doesn’t stuff itself into my boobs, and is modifiable for color to the jelly-bean colors I choose for some of my characters.  I can see Ariel in her trademarked dark blue shade with this hair when she doesn’t have it in an updo; and as for more normal shades, look at Sharra here.  There are more shades available in both dark and light red, of course, as well as other colors.  If long hair is your preference, try this one out for sure!


The details:

Please note, some items may not yet be available at these links, which are all to the main stores.

Most poses by Bauhaus Movement

Photographed at my home

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Avatar Complexity and Graphics Presets in Second Life   Leave a comment

The odds are that a lot of people will be shutting down complexity on the avatars around them to maneuver through things like the Major Shopping Fairs. They who have ears to hear….

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Avatar Complexity provides users with the adbility to Avatar Complexity is a means to help people who may suffer from performance issues in crowd areas

On Wednesday, May 18th, Linden Lab promoted the long-awaited Quick Graphics viewer to de factorelease status. This viewer includes two important new features:

  • The updated Avatar Complexity settings
  • The ability to create, save and load different groups of graphics settings quickly and easily.

Avatar Complexity

As avatars can often be the single biggest impact on the viewer in terms of rendering, particularly in crowded places, so  Avatar Complexity adds a new slider to the viewer which can be used to set a level above which avatars requiring a lot of processing will appear as a solid colour – the casual term to refer to them being “Jelly Dolls” – greatly reducing the load placed on a system compared to having to render them in detail, so improving performance.

The idea is…

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Posted August 11, 2016 by Harper Ganesvoort in Uncategorized

Storyboards — Breakup, and Confrontation   Leave a comment

None of us have put anything up for days, so I figured I’d add some of my storyboarding sessions from “Thief In the Night,” the story I’m working on in dribs and drabs.  It’s not moving incredibly well in the writing department, partly because of time constraints, partly because of Second Life, and partly because I’ve never written scenes where two women are arguing over a man before.  You’ll see below, in the photos for the “confrontation” section.  As I think I’ve said before, I like to use SL as a platform to work out scenes and dress my characters visually.  It makes it easier to imagine and portray what they look like in any scene when I have an actual visual reference.  So far, the dress designers of Second Life haven’t let me down, or I’ve worked something up into a more futuristic appearance (or at least more glitzy).

Warning:  From here on, it’s graphics intensive, about 15 photos.  I’ve saved them in JPG and shrunk them down, but it will probably still take a bit to load them all, and I’m not really thrilled whenever I use the gallery feature in WordPress (just because I want it all out in the open).  So if you have a slow connection, here be dragons from this point on.

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We Stand For Peace   Leave a comment

We Stand For Peace

Hope is the only good god remaining among mankind;
the others have left and gone to Olympus.
Trust, a mighty god has gone, Restraint has gone from men,
and the Graces, my friend, have abandoned the earth….

— Theognis of Megara, fl. 6th Century BCE

Hope has not yet left the world of men and women.  We too, here at Around the Grid, stand for peace.

I come of a generation from decades ago, many of whose children fought in a war that they had no knowledge or understanding of, while others protested in the streets back home to get us out of that war.  Jem’s generation was the next after, the one which inherited the fruits of our idealism.  We dreamed of a world where the artificial borders and barriers dividing rich from poor, powerful from weak, sex from sex and gender from gender, ethnicity from ethnicity and country from country, all would be gone with a wave of the hand.  Sadly, far too many in positions of power chose not to listen to the messages we offered; others co-opted the work and turned it toward their own ends.  I recall a news report back in the Eighties talking about how the generation which didn’t trust anyone over 30, now didn’t trust anyone under 50 — $50,000 a year, plus benefits.

Truthfully, we were too idealistic, those of us who did the work and those of us who merely supported.  Change on the scale we advocated does not happen overnight, or even within just two generations.  And the people doing the work can never, never, never set it aside, unless they have found another two people to pick up the work and carry it on after them.  It can never end until true justice and peace and freedom is achieved for all.  This is why the message of Barack Obama, his theme of Hope and Change, rang so deeply in the minds of so many in 2008, how he became the first black president of the United States — not because he was African American, but because he dared to dream of the greatness we sought back in the Sixties, alongside of Martin and Bobby and all the others who shared the dream.

That hope, reinspired in us by the words of Barack Obama, was quashed for a time by politics.  And since then, other matters have risen to further threaten the dream — the dragging leftovers of another war of politics, this time in Iraq, that has spiraled across the region and the world; repeated economic shocks that have made it harder for those stricken by poverty to find a way out; the continued barriers of race relations in the form of frequent shootings of black men by white police officers, and revenge shootings in return.  (All of the last exploding, ironically for me, as I was driving to attend the funeral of an African American co-worker at a “traditionally black” CME church.  I and my two white comrades from our store were the only grains of salt in the crowd, and we made to feel marvelously welcome by all there.)  These and more besides interfere with the dream of Isaiah that the lion shall live together with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the goat kid.

And yet none of us dare let go of the dream of peace — not just the peace of God, however each of us sees God, which passes all human understanding; but the more immediate peace between brother and sister.  If we let go of the dream, we lose Hope, and the final occupant of the Jar of Pandora will have escaped to fly away and torment humankind — by its absence.  So we, too, stand for peace.

So say we all —

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Addendum:  I just discovered that you’re supposed to tag three others to take the challenge on.  I nominate my best blogging friends for this, if they haven’t tackled it yet:  Cajsa Lilliehook, Gidge Uriza and Harper Beresford.  Have at, ladies!



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