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Contact Sheet 18

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life and other virtual worlds. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr, Koinup or Snapzilla 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. I can also be reached on Twitter (Harper_G) or Plurk (Harper G. — include the period!), but the message may get lost in the luminiferous æther.

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

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And we’re off again with another serving of virtual world photography.  Let’s see what the shutterbugs of Second Life and The Sims can offer up to us.

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I’m not much of one for “bordered” images like this; but Winter Wardhani’s Berta doesn’t lose much in the process of getting stuck in a frame.  Who Berta is is uncertain; the avatar, though, is striking, and the cave-like surroundings she stands in would bear some examination.

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You’ll more often see women standing on the seashore instead of in caves when you think of art.  The woman standing on the seashore or a widow’s walk, waiting for her lover’s ship to come home, is not an uncommon theme; and the tradition continues here with Waiting for the Ship by DreamWitch77.  These days, instead of being wrapped in homespun and a billowing cloak, a la Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, you’ll find the subject in some sort of evening gown.  This one’s dress looks to be ready to turn as ephemeral as a sea mist in her skirt and train.

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Landsend Korobase offers us Artemis.  The Greek goddess was not just the divinity of the moon, but of maidens and of the hunt; she was expert with a bow, and is often depicted with one as the Huntress.  This statue also carries a bow, but the bowstring reveals the holder’s divinity….

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If it ain’t vampires these days, it’s werewolves or zombies.  Zombies are, shall we say, somewhat unæsthetic for artwork (unless you’re deliberately setting out for a scene of grue), so we’ll go for the werewolves.  It appears that the woman in Tae’s Lycan is just on the edge of joining a packmate; note the silvery eyes.

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Shoji’s Arcachon 22 isn’t anything super special; simply someone taking a pause for a read while resting from a bicycle trip.  (It could be they’re trying to be the first ones to ride the Road around all of the Mainland.)  Yet the angle and the composition compel me; perhaps the high-flying gull overhead, drawing the eye up from the main part of the composition to the sky.  If you look closely, you’ll find another gull framed in the spokes of the bicycle wheel.

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What is it about nematons that captures our attention?  Do we sense some sort of power inherent in these simple stone structures erected in deliberate patterns?  It appears to be here in Carlotta Caewlin’s Memories in a bubble.  Or is it as the title implies, and someone is simply saving an image for their personal recollection later…?

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Hello again to Connie Arida, one of the busiest photographers in Second Life.  She’s been doing more fashion pieces lately, and this pair of related images show the quality she’s creating between the fashion and the camera work.  Weimar captures a young woman of the Twenties between the wars, pausing for a portrait before stepping out on the town.  This one is very good, but it’s the closeup in black and white, Hommage, that truly captures the attention.  As I told Connie in my comment on the page, “The lashes, the world-weary look, the spit curls by the ears, the hat and furs, it all comes together when done in monochrome.”  An excellent “period piece.”

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No more for now, especially as I want to find some shots of men.  It’s easy to find smashing women in photos, but most of the men I’ve run across are usually in a State of Grunge, or doing a romance-cover pose from a series of bodice-rippers.  Wish me luck on this quest!

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Contact Sheet 13

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr or Snapzilla 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.

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There must be something to the number 13 being unlucky, because it’s been since September since I added a new column.  I was doing this monthly on the average.  Well, let’s see if we can make up for the three-month delay with some quality photographs for your consideration:

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For once, I leave the easy confines of Flickr, and cross into the unfamiliar world of Koinup.  It’s worth the exploration time, though.

Carlotta Ceawlin is an avatar with both a wonderfully wild sense of style at times (witness this, this and this), and an eye for landscape composition; her PhotoShopped pictures of places such as The Minoan Empire and Gion have got me noting down the SLurls to check them out.  (Take a look at this story slideshow set in Emvee Cuba.)  Her use of the editor enhances the work in a way that sets the mood, which is always what you’re looking for when you break out one of those programs.

The Minoan Empire, by Carlotta Ceawlin

There’s far more in her portfolio, including works of pure art such as Excalibur, so stop by and give it a good examination.

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If nothing else, Nessy Shepherd’s The Moon catches your attention with its bold insertion of the portrait over the orb of the full moon.  Could that be Artemis, gazing down upon the land which she holds power over in the night?

The Moon, by Nessy Shepherd

A nice in a similar vein is Snowqueen; but I have to wonder how those tigers tie in…unless they’re actually snow leopards?

Snowqueen, by Nessy Shepherd

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Eshi Otawara seens to be the designer of the moment; I’ve found many pictures of her latest sensational gowns.  You’ll remember that Eshi’s famous “fishhook” dress was auctioned off earlier this year for L$460,000 to benefit Relay for Life — $1,700 in hard Newnited States dollars.  There’s a lot of admiration for Eshi’s work — and her fight to stay in the United States — and so it’s not surprising to see these gowns get the attention they deserve.

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Thinking of Cajsa, she’s been doing closet challenges lately with her friends, and Gidge Uriza sent her a suggestion far removed from the normally sophisticated Ms. Lilliehook’s style:  “OK then, Now I want to see you do ultramodern.  Sleek, metallic….not inhuman…….SUPERHUMAN……”  Go once again to Cajsa’s blog and Flickr stream for the results…which will, to quote from the Spinners, “blow your mind so high it won’t come down.”

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Portraits are, of course, a big business in Second Life; if for no other reason than to put a picture in your Profile.  Any road, good portraits are something I’ve admired, and Harry Huffman’s shot of Didih Merlin is good indeed.  I have no idea what that little coin she’s holding is all about, but there it is….

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Lano Ling came across an old snap in his files, and published it here.  I don’t know whether he had worked on it before, or massaged it with an editor after he turned it back up, but the results are impressive.

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I don’t see how the title of Emi Bade’s picture, May This Be Your Last Sorrow 1, relates to the photograph myself.  Emi didn’t put any explanation here in particular, just a quick rundown of what she was wearing. However, this is just one of a set of three, and the setting of the region she was in gives more context to the portrait.

To me, out of context of the set, this one photo strikes me more as one of those shots of the Woman of Mystery, whose face the hero only sees a portion or a glimpse of before she disappears around a corner or in a crowd.  (Think of the woman known only as “The Face” in the old Mike Hammer television series with Stacy Keach from the Eighties.)  Here, the wrap of the collar across Emi’s nose and mouth, combined with the standard Second Life detachment of the eyes, gives her that wonderful air of, “You may not know who I am…unless you pursue me.  Do you dare?”

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That’s all for now.  Hopefully I’ll get back to the monthly frequency of this, so wish me luck!  It’s for you as well, sharing good to phenomenal art that deserves the exposure to a wider audience.

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