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Contact Sheet 24

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. Viewer discretion advised.

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Starting with this edition of the column, I’m going to feature at least one photo out of the batch I’m exhibiting each time.  I always like at least a little illustration for my articles, and these shots will give even the casual visitor a glimpse of the work being done in various virtual worlds.  Hopefully that will encourage you to click on through and drop some comments on these good avatars’ Flickr and Koinup streams…as well as here!

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Fashion and fashion-related is going to be the theme of this column, and I’m starting it off with blackLiquid Tokyoska’s photo of Temperance Moonites set up against a RL background — someplace that resembles a street in old Havana.  It’s titles salsa queen, and the title is very appropriate here.

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Wallpaper – 8 by Karro Lean is simply sweet, full of light and serenity.  I like the excellent interplay of light and shadow here, especially the glow coming from underneath the model’s hair as contrasted with the slight shadowing of her face.  And the flower hair ornaments are perfect!

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The power being summoned by the model in The magic that is liberated from my being is the real focus of this photograph by “zhey,” quite obviously emphasized by the power circle that she’s just summoned up.  (And a strong one, too!)  The bustier (from the looks of it under her long hair) and tiered skirt add to the romantic sorceress feel of the piece.

The magic that is liberated from my being -- by zhey, (c) 2010

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Porcelain says it all here.  This work by Elisiella is one reason why I started a group in Koinup for photographs themed around Japan, China and East Asia.

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Fantasy Alyx is from The Sims, and “GPhoenix” has come up with something intriguing here.  I wonder if skins like this are available in Second Life as well…?

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I actually know the costume worn in Goddess Isis by Seiya Perl; it’s an old fan favorite from that wonderful department store of the great look at affordable prices, Bare Rose.  It still holds up well after some two years.  (You should still be able to get it; I don’t think Bare Rose has ever taken a thing off their shelves, and the store is getting gigantic.)

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That’s all for now.  What will come up here for public attention next time?  Tune in and find out!

New Flickr Photo Gallery — SL Vintage Fashion

I’ve opened a fresh gallery on Flickr, themed around historical and vintage fashion from Second Life.  This is the third gallery I’ve come up with, joining Living the Second Life and Women and the Sea.  Unlike the other two, though, Vintage Second Life Fashion will probably be a rotating exhibit, with new works cycling out older ones as I reach the maximum of 18 items.

Want Blog/Photo Visits? Use TweetMeme

Want a trick to increase your traffic to blog articles or Flickr and Koinup photos?  Use Twitter and TweetMeme.  Almost everyone knows about Twitter by now, of course; and many Residents have a Twitter account.  (I do myself — Harper_G.)  And, if you’re writing a blog on wordpress.com, such as this one, you can set the software to automagically tweet your new articles on publication, complete with a shortlink to the article.

TweetMeme is another popular service.  You need a Twitter account to use TweetMeme; once you set it up and link the services together, you can use it to “announce” things such as additions to your photostreams.  Koinup includes a handy widget on each photo page to do this; just click the button, and confirm the tweet, and it will be sent off via Twitter.  You can also download a bookmark proglet to do the same thing direct from your browser, and can thus tweet any page you like.  I use this not only for my own photos, but for others that I like greatly.

How effective is TweetMeme?  Well, a photo that had 65 visits before I tweeted it, next came up with over 120 visits just ten minutes later — double the number of visits.  That won’t happen all the time; but it sure is a simple, free way to increase throughput and publicize those things (including your own work) that you think should get more visits.

New Photo Groups for Classy & Casual SL Fashion

Of course, we all know what Second Life is really for….

…The fashion, dahlings!

But, contrary to appearances, especially on this blog, it’s not all about big ball gowns or outlandish costumes.  One of the most successful newcomers to Grid couture in the past six months has been fri.day, a house that specializes in J. Crew-style casuals and hairstyles.  (My normal day-to-day hairstyle is currently fri.day’s Leigh.)  Other houses are either exclusively casual, or have daywear lines as part of their overall sales strategy and design aesthetic.

To help show off some of the things available, I’ve founded groups at Flickr and Koinup specializing in casual styles.  I’ve already hunted out some excellent items, as well as adding my own pieces; it’s fantastic what can be done, not only with ensembles sold by the stores, but in the mix-and-match department as well.  Why not stop on by and take a look?  Or, if you’re an account holder on either service, add your own shots.  Please be sure to read the group rules before posting.

Curating Photo Galleries on Flickr

Flickr has a lovely little function called Galleries, which allows you to put together pictures from the public, safe photos into a collection around a theme that inspires you.  Say, to use a common SL theme, you want to run a gallery of some of the best fashion photos from the Grid.  You choose which pictures you want to exhibit, up to 18, click the button above them (if turned on), and then write any explanations you want to add on the gallery page.  The photo itself will have a note on its own page that it’s been added to a gallery; and the photo’s owner has the option of pulling the photo if desired.

I’ve started a few galleries of my own, since I love going through the photo groups and sets of Residents on Flickr.  If you’d like to see my choices, click through here.  My two are on the theme of “Living the Second Life” (excellent, naturalistic poses) and “Women and the Sea.”

Posted March 28, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Photographs

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Contact Sheet 21

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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As a post-Hallowe’en treat, here are some favorites of mine from my Koinup and Flickr groups, Wizards and Sorceresses.  No tricks here; just good art.

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Ludmilla Writer, in Nuevo horizonte, gives an impression here of the symbology of the Magician in the Major Arcana of the tarot — the master of elemental power, calling on heaven and earth and the elements stable and mutable to obey the Magician’s will.  She commands the potential to shape her future as she chooses, for the power is within her….

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To the powerful sorceress, even her personal reality is mutable and unfixed to any single aspect, as Ariel Brierly demonstrates in sacred geometry.

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With such power comes the responsibility for its control.  It can be used in a truly creative fashion (Autumn Queen by Ruriko Bracken), to control (Chess war by Vadim Levonenya), or to destroy (Dark Magic by Gweneth Lange).

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Will the wizard master his own potential (Leaving the world behind by PANTELEIMON-AEON), be frozen to her heart’s core by the Talen’s dark seduction (Maleficent by Miss Scarlet), or be consumed by its raw power (The Fire by MedeAthena)?

Only the wizard knows, and the wizard is not inclined to reveal secrets easily….  (Don’t Mess With the Sorceress by RobsterRawb Jaxxon)

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This is just a sample of the talent in my groups.  If you’re interested in adding your work, visit either group at Flickr or Koinup, and read the rules for joining and posting.  And leave comments on these people’s work!

Call for Pictures of SL and Veterans or Veterans Day

The American Veterans Day is coming up in a little under a month.  As I believe I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I have a special appreciation for this day because of my late father, who served in World War II and was wounded in Europe.

Last year, I founded a Flickr group dedicated to photos of veterans’ and similar service memorials in Second Life.  Please consider this an invitation to add your own photos to the group if you’re a Flickr member.  Pictures can be your personal tribute to their service as a whole, or for an individual in your own RL, or simply a shot of some memorial area on the Grid.  My only criteria are that they be on the Grid, appropriate to the theme, and no nudity or advertising.  Submissions don’t need to be restricted to American servicemen; there’s one shot of a recreation of the British Cenotaph from World War I — now apparently gone, as I understand.

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