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Multiverse

Multiverse, originally uploaded by Connie Arida.

A clever little piece of work by Connie Arida!

Posted June 30, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Photographs

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Connie Arida Does Boho

At least it strikes me this way, with the beret and shoes she’s wearing.  Connie, one of my Grid friends, stopped in tonight to show me a trick she found for building things, and she was wearing this beautiful combo from various designers:

[20:44] Connie Arida: the dress is from Jane
[20:45] Connie Arida: sweater is from shiki but the sculpty sleeves are from another sweater..cant remember who made it
[20:45] Harper Ganesvoort: Okay if I take a picture of that?
[20:46] Connie Arida: hair is latest mesh hair from truth and beret something from sascha’s designs
[20:46] Connie Arida: sure :)
[20:46] Harper Ganesvoort: That’s Sascha???
[20:46] Connie Arida: the beret
[20:46] Harper Ganesvoort: I gotta take a look around. We forget she does other stuff than massive ball gowns.
[20:47] Connie Arida: hehe yes
[20:47] Connie Arida: its pretty old
[20:47] Connie Arida: but sits with the hair quite well

It’s the beret with the new Truth hair that really gives this that kind of Sixties beatnik feel.  Actually, though, Connie has done a photo of this herself, with a few alterations, that looks even better, as good as this one is here.  It’s the boots and the long, Swedish-straight hair that does it here.

Copyright 2012 by Connie Arida

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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Contact Sheet 19

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.

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

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We’re doing a theme again for this column:  closeup shots.  People do like taking pictures of themselves in Second Life, after all, or having pictures taken of them.  Sometimes it’s a fashion layout, sometimes a Resident wants to update their profile or get a different look in it, sometimes it’s a formal portrait for the wall, and sometimes it’s just for the hell of it.  But there are a lot of “portrait” shots out there, and here’s a selection of them for your consideration.  There won’t be a lot of commentary here by me; when you’re this close in, usually the photo says more than words, in terms of composition, lighting, or Photoshop work.

(Just as a note, the photographer isn’t always the subject here.)

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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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Dress by Connie Arida, with Jewelry Purchase

A promise delayed is a promise unkept, but the time has finally come up in my scattered wits, and Connie is about to get her due.  Many of you may know of my friend Connie Arida, an avatar from Australia and an excellent photographer here in world.  It was her (as well as Cajsa Lilliehook, I think) that got me involved in my fashion and photography work here, and I’ve valued her friendship since.

I’m not sure if Connie is planning to branch out some; but she created a dress of her own a month or two back, and it’s available as a L$100 gift pack at Eclectica Jewelers.

Connie's Dress_008

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Contact Sheet — Volume 12

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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I’m way behind on publishing some of the fine Second Life photographs I’ve been finding.  I have over a thousand favorites in Flickr — the main place I use for finding candidates.  I don’t have so many other places bookmarked or referenced in my Zotero files [1], but those will probably start piling up as well.  So I think I’d better do a big one tonight/today (this is liable to take a few good hours to write, unless I’m lucky).  You’re going to see a mix of lots of things — fashion, snapshots, landscapes, art compositions, unretouched and massaged.  Old hands should probably be mixed together with new folk that I’ve run across through other photographers running across them as well (grin).

If you’re interested, stay with me and keep reading and clicking after the break…. And, as noted above, if you know of someone you think should get a little more attention — even yourself — let me know by some method listed.

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