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!
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Yeah, but I kinda need him here now; I’m late for work!
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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.
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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Another thing that frustrated me about this past week of no computer was that I had work locked up in it, in a barely-begun stage. Thankfully, I was able to get going on it during the weekend here. That was some badly needed free time, to figure out how to mask out the background on the basic pictures (ChromaKey green wouldn’t work in every case) and assemble the final photo. Even after getting everyone in position, it didn’t come together until I decided to replace the background with posters. I’m not too displeased with the final result, though. Donald Trump likes pretty women; well, here’s seven of them, about as sexy as he could desire, and each one is strongly tempted to stick a dagger in his ribs and kick him in the teeth.
All seven are me. These are all of the primary characters I write my stories for: Ariel, Jo, Sharra, Latifah, Keiko, Maren and Dannta. All seven are women, and assuredly multiethnic (Ariel is a cyborg from the 48th century, and Dannta is an alien residing in our world and time)1. All seven are professionals: entertainer, physician, foundation chairwoman, teacher, businesswoman, lawyer and executive director. And, to be brutally frank, all seven are pissed at the direction current affairs in the United States are taking. This photo shows their obvious solidarity with the goals of the Women’s March; but they also protest against the assaults on immigrants and minorities and a more science-based environmental policy; against the attempted forcing of governmental affairs toward a more big-business-friendly, laissez-faire model; against the coming assaults on education, arts and the humanities — in short, against about anything the current administration and its ultra-conservative supporters in Congress plan to do over the next two to four years.
(Yes, this blog is getting political, possibly edging toward strident. But, babes, men and women, it’s not as strident as it could get. You oughta see my husband’s Facebook shares; he’s so much looser than I am, this photo is pale by comparison. He feels betrayed by his party; he’s a fiscal conservative, but liberal on social issues, and the rise of the Tea Party and Trumpites has left him disgusted beyond bounds. This will probably be the last thing in the blog for some time, unless I get too aggravated again — entirely possible, considering the actions of the current administration — but there will almost surely be more until we can be shut of this man and all his works.)
Full-size version available on my Flickr stream
UPDATED: See also Strawberry Singh’s article.
1 I wish I’d had a Hispanic and an Arab or Muslim character now, but I’ve never developed those before. My next story will need to address that. (Anyway, I’d have needed to shrink the individual women down to fit nine women in this shot; not to mention the even longer post work.)
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Harper asked me to take an article, and suggested I might do a photo she recently invited to her Contact Sheet group. It’s not a bad one, and so here it is.
Harper knows more about this thing than I do; she says it may be inspired by the Japanese legend of the 47 Ronin, although the photo’s title says 48 instead. This photo looks like a group pose, and isn’t bad. There’s a link to a YouTube video, however, with much nicer shots. Why rikotujam2 chose this one, I can’t say, but it still isn’t bad.