Bienvenue sur le Rue Bourbon, dans le ville de La Nouvelle-Orléans! At this time of year, the biggest parties of the world are held in Mobile, Rio de Janiero, the Caribbean islands, and especially to American minds, in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras provides the traditional closeout to the church calendar season of Epiphany. Jem and I took it a little farther than short tops and tons of beads this year; it looks like we should be on a float for one of the famous Crewes!
And no, Peter Minuet, we won’t flash you our boobs for beads. (Laughing)
Full-size photo (1920 / 16:9 wallpaper size) at Flickr
What are we wearing? Turn the page and see.
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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.
Me and my friends are Jem girls
Jem, Jem is my name
Fashion and fame
Once you’re a Jem girl
You’re never the same
C’mon, c’mon and be a Jem girl
Jem, Jem is my name
Jem Opening Theme (variant 1), lyrics by Barry Harman
Come on and be a Jem girl with me
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.
You probably saw Harper’s piece a while back about my not being able to write much for the blog anymore. The good news is that things aren’t quite as drastic as I may have led her to think. It’ll still be fun to get some time for writing, but it probably won’t be any worse than I already am, lol.
Anyway, when I let the boss know I’m still available, she asked me to do a fast one to link to the current issue of Eclipse Magazine. Their cover story this month, written by Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion, is on Strawberry Singh. But it’s not the usual fashion piece, like you’d see in the past on her (I’ve done some checking). Berry is one of the more prominent and outspoken women within Second Life working for preservation of women’s and immigrant rights. This lets her in for a lot of “criticism” — if you can really call it that. Please be sure to read the article.