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REBLOG: Tyako Coage, As Photographed By Ruriko Bracken

Ruriko Bracken, a Japanese Second Life Resident and a lovely model and photographer, takes a break now and then from the virtual world for some Real Life.  She’s currently back in, and most welcome in both her roles.

In this feature, found on her own Japanese-language blog, Ruriko Style, Ruri-chan does a pair of excellent photos of Tyako Coage, Miss Virtual World Japan 2012.  Tyako is wearing a gown from AZUL that was designed for her.  I’ll include one thumbnail here to get you interested; if you want more, go visit Ruri-chan’s article.  There is a Google Translate button on the right side, so you can get a (species of) translation into your language easily.

Copyright 2012 by Ruriko Bracken; all rights reserved

Contact Sheet 33 — Ruriko Bracken

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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, 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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Ruriko Bracken, one of the finer models and photographers on the Grid, has been featured before in Contact Sheet, and has placed highly in the past in my two Oscar Fashion Photo Contests.  Here is her latest piece of work, and this and the closeup in the next photo in her Flickr stream brought to mind a favorite song done by Celtic Woman during their second PBS concert, “Spanish Lady”:

As I came back through Dublin City
At the hour of half past eight
Who should I spy but the Spanish lady
Brushing her hair in the broad daylight
First she tossed it, then she brushed it
On her lap was a silver comb
In all my life I ne’er did see
A maid so fair since I did roam

Ruriko’s own blog — Japanese, English (translation)

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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 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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I’ve been so wound up with things since last October, that this is the first Contact Sheet column I’ve taken the time to compile since then!  I simply haven’t given a thought to other than taking my own photos and RL concerns.  My apologies to all who follow this column.

So, how about a serving of photos for Memorial Day?  No particular theme this time; just pictures that catch my attention. I hope you enjoy!

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First off, Rudyn Carter offers us a cityscape from what looks like a river viewpoint.  She calls it Utopia04 (11), but I’m unsure, looking at the crumbling bridge and the tower block that seems to be falling, if that’s truly the case.  Of course, some would claim that anywhere not inhabited by humans is a utopia; could that be the meaning here…?

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Here’s an untitled work from the Luxembourg City region, taken by “Magdyne.”  She seems to focus on landscapes, and has many fine photos in her Koinup stream, though ones like this can be disturbing as well, for obvious reasons.

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SerinaJane offers us a picture of relaxation — at least as relaxed as an avatar can get — called Desperate Couch Girl.  Something about this one simply catches my attention….

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Time for a little silliness instead of profundity.  Ravenelle posted a snap of this warning sign recently.  You gotta love warning signs in Second Life; most of them are so silly-funny.  I could make out the “Max Headroom” from the thumbnail, and the first thing that occurred to me was to watch out for Max Headroom, the guy in the rubber head from the Eighties.  (Don’t you th-th-think Max would be right at home in Second Life?)

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When you’re not trying to catch up on the housework (Lord, don’t I know this!!), the weekend can be a time for relaxation.  Ruriko Bracken shows this in her Black Cutie.

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lumir etincelle gives us this fashion shot, one of a pair she called a tribute to Gustav Klimt.

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Finally, as a reminder of Memorial Day, Cerrie Janus gives us this montage of pictures from the Wall in Second Life.  I normally think of Veterans Day instead of Memorial Day for some reason, but either is a good time — as is any day — to remember those who gave their life so that we can live our life, both on and off the Grid, in freedom.

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Until next time — hopefully far sooner than this time — toodles.  If you see anything you think might deserve some blog time, drop me a note!

2010 SL Oscar Fashion Contest: And the Winners Are….

A bit of a cash windfall allowed me to do an unannounced increase in the prizes for my first SL Oscar Fashion Contest!  The first place will receive L$2,500; 2nd, L$2,000; and 3rd, L$1,500.  I’m also going to do four Honorable Mentions, and have decided after checking the bank account that each will receive L$250.

As these things always are, this was not an easy contest to judge.  I had around 50 entries by the time I closed my groups at Flickr and Koinup for the year, including one who entered by leaving a link in the comments to my original contest announcement (a legal form of entry).  Almost all of the entries were good, and many of them were excellent good.  I had to rework the cut three times before I started the judging in real earnest.  And, in the end, 2nd and 3rd place were tied — although any one of the three places might have been worthy of first.

And so my thanks to all, my congratulations to the winners, and I hope you’ll enjoy the shopping spree I’ve just financed for you.  The Accessory Fair is going right now, so there’s a chance to blow the cash in one spot (grin).

Onward to the winners!

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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.

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!

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