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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 25

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 or under Fair Use terms; all rights are reserved to the original artists. 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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Time for another trip into the lands of virtual-world photography.  It’s a generalized collection this time around, leaning toward landscapes, but with a few faces thrown in for good measure.

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First off, ruby Okelly gives us a lovely fashion shot of an Azul gown that could pass for something worn in the location she’s posing in — Elfhame.  The bell tower framed just behind her shoulder, as well as the circular nimbus of light, add to the beauty and visual interest of the composition, drawing you toward ruby’s face.  (She has a SLurl here for those who want to see this bell tower in more detail.)

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Anyone who remembers the first appearance of a Borg queen in the movie Star Trek:  First Contact will understand the cyberpunkish menace contained in Trapped by Nessy Shepherd.  This also brings back memories of a public service announcement about disembodied heads carried around in boxes by robots — all that’s left of people’s bodies.  When the robot leaves a head somewhere and takes off, the “man” inside the box can’t move anywhere on his own power.

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I’m not sure if Eileach Eilid by Rituko is a picture of another elven sim, or something representative of a wilder part of the Irish countryside; all I can say is it’s beautiful.

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In a 180 from evening-gown fashion, Hiroko offers us Grandma, a simple sitting of an elderly woman doing her needlework.  Charming in its simplicity and moving in its emotion.

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Another beautiful landscape, The sunset of the southern wind is a South Seas-island setting by “YuNEO Nagy.”  The SL region is called Crossing Currents, and again there is a SLurl for visitors.

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Tymus Tenk gives us another vista of green loveliness, Misty Mountains12 (sic).  No SLurl to this; I’ll see if I can jog his memory when I put the notice of this article on his stream.

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To finish this offering, Nyla Rossini offers us Africa, a closeup portrait of a proud princess or warrior woman.  The lighting, the dewy face of the woman and her gaze offside to something that catches her attention is near perfection, if not actually there.  I’m not sure what to name that expression:  serenity, pride, hauteur, love, what…?  It simply holds you in thrall.

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