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Nessy Shepherd Recovering from Gallstone Surgery

I was running through my Flickr contacts before going to bed tonight, when I came across Nessy Shepherd’s most recent photo — not of anything in Second Life, but of a specimen jar on a hospital-room table with three “lovely” chunks of calculus within.  Nessy’s recovering from gall bladder surgery, and I hope you’ll stop by this page if you have a Flickr account and wish her a speedy healing.

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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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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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A quickie today, mainly because I’m wanting to get a fresh article up, and also because I’m not wanting to do constant fashion.  This is a generalist blog, but there’s no real news to speak of at the moment.  So, it’s time to catch up with a few more of this blog’s favorite (and only) column.

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Crystal-ball gazers are a favorite item of mine in the Flickr and Koinup photos.  The theme and the composition are excellent, and lend to many interpretations.  For instance, Rebecca Bashly does here a piece she entitles warten, which shows her looking on at one who may be her current love, or her future love.  The actual state is left as an exercise for the imagination of the beholder….

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Lizi Nitely, however, takes a different view.  A more worldly view.  Or would you prefer a more global view (grin)?  In any case, this interpretation, named Gaia, inverts Boticelli’s Venus in a sense, placing the Earth on the half-shell.

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Finally for now, Nessy Shepherd looks upon herself in a different guise from how she is as she views her inner avatar.  The title, inner voice, speaks of what is being whispered to the more proper “Real World” avatar of how she truly wishes to be….

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Hopefully a longer piece in a few days.  I need to catch up on a few columns, in any case.  Keep tuned here!

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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.

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

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Lord, it’s been since December since I wrote this column.  I wasn’t planning on that much lag time between installments.  The good news from this, though, is that I’ve added a Koinup account to my multitudinous multitude of accounts, and so that gives me access to even more artists — including on other virtual worlds, such as The Sims and World of Warcraft.  So “Contact Sheet” will now expand to cover more grids, and showcase even more talent.

Since I have such a backlog of material to go through, and I’m looking for more columns and articles to publish, I’m going to do a series of themes for a time.  (Indeed, you may see a raft of columns here for a week or so, while I go through all the material I’ve chosen this time.  Stay tuned!)  So, for this turn, here are seven pieces from Second Life in the theme of —

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Art and Portraits

siestabril Nitely offers a pair of dancers in what appears to be a night-time field of flowers.  This is very reminiscent of Impressionist painters to me, though I can’t say which particular artist it reminds me of at the moment.  There are a few more in the series, so be sure to check the rest of her stream!

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lumir beleza offers the reminder that all you need is love…which is a dream fond to my heart.  (Again, she has several in her stream; this is the one that struck me first or most.)

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Kiya McMahon offers I2I, which is hard to describe, except that it’s compelling.  At the time of this writing, there are 182 comments and 29 favorites on the image, which should say something there!

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After that last photograph, I need a drink.  Of course, one has to wonder what the bartender was thinking when he came up with this cocktail….  Dee Dee Deepdene offers this concoction stirred, not shaken.

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Rebecca Bashly’s lovely, etherial harp reminds me of old movies I’ve seen, such as Ziegfeld Follies or Ziegfeld Girl, where such conceits would be offered up by the director and costume designer.  Very lovely!

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An old hand in “Contact Sheet,” Florence Babenco shows that the legend of Medusa is still with us — but never was there such a beautiful Medusa as this….

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And, the last for this column, regular Nessy Shepherd gives us an appropriate farewell.  How often did sailors have, as their last glimpse of land, the face of their loved one on the widow’s walk?  It reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot’s song, “Ghosts of Cape Horn.”

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It’s more a case of I’m out of time today, than lacking desire to add more to this column.  Keep your eyes on this blog, and I’ll have more to offer very soon!

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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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There must be something to the number 13 being unlucky, because it’s been since September since I added a new column.  I was doing this monthly on the average.  Well, let’s see if we can make up for the three-month delay with some quality photographs for your consideration:

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For once, I leave the easy confines of Flickr, and cross into the unfamiliar world of Koinup.  It’s worth the exploration time, though.

Carlotta Ceawlin is an avatar with both a wonderfully wild sense of style at times (witness this, this and this), and an eye for landscape composition; her PhotoShopped pictures of places such as The Minoan Empire and Gion have got me noting down the SLurls to check them out.  (Take a look at this story slideshow set in Emvee Cuba.)  Her use of the editor enhances the work in a way that sets the mood, which is always what you’re looking for when you break out one of those programs.

The Minoan Empire, by Carlotta Ceawlin

There’s far more in her portfolio, including works of pure art such as Excalibur, so stop by and give it a good examination.

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If nothing else, Nessy Shepherd’s The Moon catches your attention with its bold insertion of the portrait over the orb of the full moon.  Could that be Artemis, gazing down upon the land which she holds power over in the night?

The Moon, by Nessy Shepherd

A nice in a similar vein is Snowqueen; but I have to wonder how those tigers tie in…unless they’re actually snow leopards?

Snowqueen, by Nessy Shepherd

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Eshi Otawara seens to be the designer of the moment; I’ve found many pictures of her latest sensational gowns.  You’ll remember that Eshi’s famous “fishhook” dress was auctioned off earlier this year for L$460,000 to benefit Relay for Life — $1,700 in hard Newnited States dollars.  There’s a lot of admiration for Eshi’s work — and her fight to stay in the United States — and so it’s not surprising to see these gowns get the attention they deserve.

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Thinking of Cajsa, she’s been doing closet challenges lately with her friends, and Gidge Uriza sent her a suggestion far removed from the normally sophisticated Ms. Lilliehook’s style:  “OK then, Now I want to see you do ultramodern.  Sleek, metallic….not inhuman…….SUPERHUMAN……”  Go once again to Cajsa’s blog and Flickr stream for the results…which will, to quote from the Spinners, “blow your mind so high it won’t come down.”

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Portraits are, of course, a big business in Second Life; if for no other reason than to put a picture in your Profile.  Any road, good portraits are something I’ve admired, and Harry Huffman’s shot of Didih Merlin is good indeed.  I have no idea what that little coin she’s holding is all about, but there it is….

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Lano Ling came across an old snap in his files, and published it here.  I don’t know whether he had worked on it before, or massaged it with an editor after he turned it back up, but the results are impressive.

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I don’t see how the title of Emi Bade’s picture, May This Be Your Last Sorrow 1, relates to the photograph myself.  Emi didn’t put any explanation here in particular, just a quick rundown of what she was wearing. However, this is just one of a set of three, and the setting of the region she was in gives more context to the portrait.

To me, out of context of the set, this one photo strikes me more as one of those shots of the Woman of Mystery, whose face the hero only sees a portion or a glimpse of before she disappears around a corner or in a crowd.  (Think of the woman known only as “The Face” in the old Mike Hammer television series with Stacy Keach from the Eighties.)  Here, the wrap of the collar across Emi’s nose and mouth, combined with the standard Second Life detachment of the eyes, gives her that wonderful air of, “You may not know who I am…unless you pursue me.  Do you dare?”

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That’s all for now.  Hopefully I’ll get back to the monthly frequency of this, so wish me luck!  It’s for you as well, sharing good to phenomenal art that deserves the exposure to a wider audience.

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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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