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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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Connie Arida Picture Part of SIGGRAPH Presentation

I forgot about this when I was told; now I’m making up for my silliness.

Connie Arida — Connie Sec on Flickr — informs me that one of her photos was chosen for inclusion in a presentation at the 2008 SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles back in August.  The presentation, by Sarah Tariq and Louis Bavoil of NVIDIA, focused on “Real-Time Hair Simulation and Rendering On the GPU.” Basically, it was a discussion of the progress made in simulating the texture and movement of hair in 3-D environments such as game platforms; and Connie’s photo was used, I gather, as an example of hair in Second Life.

The session was sponsored by NVIDIA; and Tariq has also posted a video online talking about the subject, possibly from the above session.  Connie says that the pair are “evangelising” their technology to Linden Lab at the present time.  Who knows, but that we may see technology like this simulating our favorite coiffures in the future?

Photos used by permission of Connie Arida.

Connie’s picture used by Tariq and Bavoil is photo 1 above; she remarked to me that she finds it curious they chose that particular photo, as it is one of her retouched portraits, and therefore not a very accurate portrayal of what actual hair texture in SL is like.  A more normal picture is number 2 above, which she calls Inner Life on Flickr.

A Professional Portrait at Last!

Connie Arida, also known as Connie Sec, has been featured in Contact Sheet several times here, and with good reason. Take a look almost any night at her Flickr photostream, and you’ll see why; Connie takes pains with her composition, whether formal sittings or something as relatively impromptu as having some fun with the kitty kat at the Greenies’ house. So, when she invited me to sit for a portrait, I was honored and flattered.

The problem: this avatar is standing on her head in terms of time. In other words, mate, she’s Australian. That sort of puts us at the antipodes, to borrow from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. When I’m up, she’s just about to go down, and vice versa. And, since I work closing shift in RL most nights, and don’t get home until well into my A.M., that makes it difficult…. But I had a night off last week, and we came together, and things worked out!

Connie published this shot on her stream. (You can comment on it to Connie by following the link.)

Connie's published photo of me

She gave me copies of the others, and I’ve used one for a gravatar change, but I think the Veronica Lake look is actually starting to grow on me (grin).

Contact Sheet 8

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, if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, or E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com.

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Chrisy Jewell knows more about Greek myths than I do, I’ll admit readily. She has a good reason — she’s Greek. Here, she has given us a piece she calls Aphrodite Tymborychos, or “Aphrodite the Gravedigger.” It seems there may have been more to the goddess of love than causing mortals to go mad with desire…. The picture seems to have been retouched just slightly to my eye, a sort of transparent “texture” layer, that gives the composition a feel reminiscent of the illustrations of N. C. Wyeth at his best.

While this, Stairs to Heaven, is not Wyeth — any of the Wyeths, who are grounded firmly in Chadds Ford School realism for the most part — but more of a mild surrealism. The first thing beyond the merits of the work that comes to mind is that photo of Salvador Dalí (done for Life, I think) painting in the air, with the swirl of water and a pair of cats flying through the foreground. (Of course, I tend to think of Dalí whenever I think of surrealism.)

Or, for pure (virtual) realism, go to Killerious Professionalis. The story says it all.

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Connie Sec decided a while back to channel her inner Jedi, and came up with Constanza Jade:

Constanza Jade by Connie Sec

There is a slew of comments at the Flickr page, including some funny ones; go take a look by clicking on the image.

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Contact Sheet 4

Fortunately for me when I’m dry of ideas for this insatiable thing called a blog, there’s always the large group of contacts I have on Flickr, or just surfing through the mess of groups dedicated to Second Life. And so it’s time for another edition of Contact Sheet:

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Lilith Ivory steps back to the days of black and white — what was once the standard of photography, and is still able to portray massive volumes — with a tableau she calls Foreboding. The use of B&W here, along with the positioning of the camera, and the name of the ship (which you can just start to make out on the right side) makes a story start pounding through your mind…. Another photo, in color but with a Forties theme to Lilith’s avatar, asks the questions all our avatars must ask themselves when we’re not behind the keyboard, guiding their every move.

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They say men won’t make passes at girls who wear glasses, but I’ve found that to be relative. And when your avatar looks like Connie Sec’s, with her ability for composition of portrait shots (Photo 1, Photo 2), well….

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That’s all for today, as I have some RL processing to do (in other words, clean the house). Keep your eyes open for the next column!

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 Flickr or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, or E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com.

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Contact Sheet 3

I’ve had some material marked and building up for a few weeks, so it’s time for another Contact Sheet.

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Ryou Yiyuan is a French avatar. This photo from her stream reminds me of sections of the Pictured Rocks, a long stretch of wave-worn sandstone formations on the shore of Lake Superior in my home state of Michigan. There have been arches cut by the water action in the past — though boaters should never count on their stability! The actual photo is from the Aglarond region, which Ryou calls a medieval RP sim.

For those interested and with Google Earth, this KML from Wikipedia will get you close, but you should pull out and go west to see the full extent of the shoreline.

I also recommend the three pictures she has mounted of Capadonia, which she notes as a new sim. Capadonia also appears to be medieval themed, which would fit with Ryou’s possible preference for an elven avatar. (Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3)

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“Connie Sec” models on the Grid (though I can’t figure out what her actual avatar name is right now), and has quite a portfolio — including some erotica, just to advise you. (Good, but not my normal shtick, and I won’t be doing much talking about anyone’s erotica, except to advise you it’s there.) In the first photo below, Connie dons a decidedly Old Hollywood-style glamour, enhanced from the looks by WindLight as well as personal creativity. She appears ready to make her walk on the red carpet this Sunday night. Her second is reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s famous four-frame lithograph of Monroe, helped along with a graphics program. Not quite Technicolor as Warhol’s work, but still quite interesting.

Portrait of Connie Sec Channeling Warhol

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Thinking of portraits, how about this from Sonia28 Jie, which makes me think of the persistence of motion phenomenon.

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And, wrapping up, one from SL doyenne Gwyneth Llewelyn. Gwyn, as you may know, is an active resident of Neufreistadt in the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, which recently inaugurated its eighth Representative Assembly. The photo here, from her Snapzilla stream, can be considered news coverage, and is something you might see in any given January 21 newspaper, a class photo of the new Congress as it works. I like particularly the person with the sword on the far right (is that the Sergeant-at-Arms, or just someone with a drawn sword?), and the small koala MP in morning coat and purple Ascot.

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 Flickr or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send them to me by in-world IM, notecard, or E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com.

(Cross-posted to Vicious Studios.)

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