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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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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!

Contact Sheet 62 — JF Daysleeper   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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JF Daysleeper submitted this photo to the Second Life Smoking group, and it caught my attention.  JF hasn’t done much that she’s published on Flickr yet, but she appears from what I’ve seen to have an excellent grasp of the uses of light and soft focus.

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The light flare in the back pulls attention to the model’s side of the frame from its possible first attention point, the Styrofoam lunch box in the left foreground; the hazy overall appearance alters the focus quite nicely, while the light gives a warm, golden shimmer to the composition.  The balance overall is wonderfully done, as well.  A purist might carp over the model glancing to “the wrong side,” but that doesn’t really apply in this photo; JF has done extraordinarily well here.

Posted September 18, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Photographs

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Contact Sheet 61 — 2 By Trinana Peach

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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 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.

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Here is a pair of lovely photos from Trinana Peach on a common theme (and in a common gown).

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Contact Sheet 60 — Coqueta Georgia

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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 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.

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Copyright 2017 by Coqueta Georgia; all rights reserved.

This photo by Coqueta Georgia captures a moment of action wonderfully; the archer defends herself despite a moment of surprise, getting an arrow off just seconds before the swordsman gets within his own range.  Whether or not the shot is successful is up to you to decide….

Contact Sheet 59 — enna exonar

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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 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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We’re reasonably open to suggestions here, as I mention above, for photographers to include in Contact Sheet.  I listen to my colleagues from around Second Life as well (witness Cajsa Lilliehook’s article that led me to my last column, on Magda Schmidtzau), and my co-bloggers on AtG.  It was Jemmy who dropped a Flickr stream link on me for this artist.  enna exonar hits my love of the Andrew Wyeth æsthetic frequently (though not constantly) in her photos:  minimal and distilled.  Her published body of work is small currently — one page of Flickr stream — but it is excellent.

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This captures a sense of loneliness quite nicely, with a brutal starkness that makes you ache a little in sympathy.  Nothing is here but the model, the tree and some beach grasses, aside from the single spray of flowers.  Empty sky and a sun shining in on the model from ahead of her drives the point home; but the flowers could symbolize the hope that someone will come to fill that empty void of sky in her future.

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cloudy beach

A similar aloneness is found in this beach scene, again with the model gazing out into the distance near what looks to be a shore-based navigation light.  There is no relief to this loneliness, though; the small, hopeful spray of blooms is absent here.  All that is present is the woman looking for something or someone that has disappeared, the wash of the sea, and the flight of seabirds that could be either coming or going.

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I added this photo in larger to allow you to see the detail.  (As always, click on the photos to visit the artist’s pages and leave comments.)  enna likes this piece of land with its windshaped trees, and those trees, along with the lighting, made me thing of the paintings and engraving of Gustave Doré.  Some of his better work has trees like this that make you think of ents or other tree-beings, bending over and getting ready to stride off into the distance.

The last three are profile shots of enna herself; and there’s no extraordinary reason why I selected these, other than I simply love them.  She captures the image of herself almost perfectly.

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orchid blossom

love is the key

love is the key

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Contact Sheet 58 — Magda Schmidtzau

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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 and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. Click on the photos 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), 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 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.

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Contact Sheet 57 — rikutojam2

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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 or Flickr 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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Harper asked me to take an article, and suggested I might do a photo she recently invited to her Contact Sheet group.  It’s not a bad one, and so here it is.

48 SAMURAI OF LEGEND 赤穂浪士

Harper knows more about this thing than I do; she says it may be inspired by the Japanese legend of the 47 Ronin, although the photo’s title says 48 instead.  This photo looks like a group pose, and isn’t bad.  There’s a link to a YouTube video, however, with much nicer shots.  Why rikotujam2 chose this one, I can’t say, but it still isn’t bad.

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Posted January 20, 2017 by Jem Sternhall in Arts, Photographs

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