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Contact Sheet 63 — Diconay Boa   Leave a comment

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. 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).

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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anticipation.
Copyright 2018 by Diconay Boa; all rights reserved.  Click on the above for the full-size version.

Diconay Boa has been around for years, but has never made an edition of Contact Sheet.  This is a bit remiss of me, as I’ve followed her for all this time, and her work is excellent.  This photo, anticipation, amends that lateness on my part. 

I chose it because, in an extremely economical setting, Diconay combines both intensity and humor.  The lack of color forces a focus on the tableau in the foreground.  Diconay is plainly waiting for something or someone; and her desire for resolution creates the intensity of her gaze on the clock.  At the same time, her expression, combined with the fixity of her stare and the cigarette she is smoking, inject a note of absurdity that I find wonderfully irresistable.

Well done, Di!

I’m Dangerous Tonight   Leave a comment

“Beside her, her husband could only splutter, and he stopped even that when she half turned to flash him a smile – the instinctive, brilliant smile of a woman who knows what feeble creatures men can be. You couldn’t learn to smile like that. It was something a woman either knew the minute she was born, or never knew at all.”

Cornell Woolrich, The Fantastic Stories of Cornell Woolrich, “I’m Dangerous Tonight”

Binary

 

Binary Wild — free and savage

 

Binary Civilized — cool and sophisticated

Contact Sheet 27 — Monochrome

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, Flickr or Koinup 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 or other NSFW situations. Viewer discretion advised.

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Black-and-white used to be the form of photography, as in the only form.  It took years for an effective, portable and inexpensive color film to be invented and produced in quantity, as you can tell by reading the brief mentions of how color film slowly crept into the pages of National Geographic [1].  In many artistic circles, monochrome is still the color scheme of choice.  To some, black and white makes the viewer focus on the image and what it’s saying instead of the colors and how pretty they are.

There are monochrome enthusiasts in the virtual worlds, too.  It takes a few GIMP tricks to make a color photograph into a black-and-white, but the results can be astounding.  One of my most popular pictures was of me posing as Rita Hayworth in Gilda; it has nearly 400 visits (as of this writing) at Koinup, and nearly 100 at the harder house (for me) of Flickr, with clutches of favorite marks at both.  I’ve done others since then, which are also popular.

But I’m not here to talk about me, but about other people’s work.  When groups were opened up at Koinup, I founded the Monochrome group explicitly for two-color pictures (I’m not fussy about if they’re b/w, sepia, blue/white, etc.).  Here’s just a small selection of some of the best in my opinion.  (Please note that many names on Koinup are more opaque than you’ll find in other photo groups; we’ll have to settle for more of an alias than normal, except in the few places where I know the photographer.)

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Pure geometry and the effectiveness of simple light sources are fundamental in photoliv42’s Geometrix_1.  Beyond the simple rendition of color into black and white (doable with just a few clicks), this took some addition of a “reflection” of a building or similar source — perhaps the squares themselves — onto the surface of the sphere.  This could have been done either in post-production, or by photographing the squares themselves and layering the shot as a texture over the sphere.  Either way, very cleverly done!

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Frequent “contributor” Connie Arida gives us After Helmut, which is inspired by the nude photography of Helmut Newton.  Myself, I think this is rather more tasteful than what I’ve seen of Newton’s catalogue, but your mileage may vary on Newton’s lack or not of excellence.  As far as I can see, this self-portrait works.  As does Nude Study by LoweRuno, a more intimate setting between a man and woman avatar.

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More, including this column’s feature photo, after the break….

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1920 Berlin Photo Series on Flickr

I’ve just put up a photo spread I took recently when I visited the 1920s Berlin Project:  13 black-and-white images around the area, in their Kellar Club, and a little bit of fashion.  (You’ll see some of these in my Flickr bar to the right of the articles.)  Go here for the entire set.

Teleport to The 1920s Berlin Project.

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New Machinima by Rysan Fall

When Hamlet Au tweeted his followers about a new machinima by Rysan Fall, a tribute to Billie Holiday in the latter days of Black History Month, I went to see the piece.  (Make sure to read his story!)

You should see this, too.

This film comes damn close to perfection; the one part I wouldn’t do is see the hanged man’s eyes blink, which is both a little weird and breaks the wall of the story.  Other than that, this is fine, and Rysan deserves all the praise I can give him.

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