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Contact Sheet 23

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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It looks like my blog is entering the summer blahs, as the kids are home, on top of which I’m doing solid morning shifts at RL work lately.  In fact, I haven’t been in world in a week, which means my IMs and such are surely capped.  Thanks goodness I have everything CC’ed to my E-mail.

Well, this means I’ll be filling in with more photographs.  That may help relieve the imbalance I’ve accumulated; I want to get up to Volume 36 by November.

And so, forward, onward and upward….

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SerinaJane Loon strikes again with a pair of fashion photos that she is calling Dramatic Tango (Full body, closeup).  I’m not sure where this dress comes from; but, paired with the fan and poses, this pair of photos heats up with the spice of a bowl of strong salsa.

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Welcome Kahlan Bingyi to the column with The Great Crossing.  I’m not sure here if she is photographing in front of a wall, or if this is a composite done in post, using Photoshop or GIMP; indeed, I have yet to sit down and really work out what’s going on here.  The imagery suggests some sort of spiritual crossing or enlightenment, but I think this one is tricky and requires some contemplation instead of a glib assumption.  Perhaps easier to work out, but no less worthy of a careful think, is her Cutting.  A think about how much our own individual lives may be fragmented and sliced up every day, for instance.  It rather invites a discussion of whether or not we should all go and read Thoreau’s Walden again….

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Cristian Rexie, another newcomer to Contact Sheet, gives us this Photoshopped image from Innsmouth sector named Lost Teddy Bear.  Perhaps lost innocence is seen here, a longing for the simpler days when friends and a fast ride on a spinning playground merry-go-round were enough to give us happiness…?  The quality of the post work is almost painterly, and is an example of what you’ll find in Cristian’s Koinup stream; be sure to click through on his name in the upper right, and then on “Works,” to view more of it.

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Mimi Juneau’s picture here is a simple fashion shoot; the beauty of it, from the dress and boa to the diadem on her uptwisted hairstyle, just capture my attention.

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Di Hoorenbeek also offers a basic fashion photo in a colorful ensemble by Zaara Kohime.  Zaara’s delicious Indian sense of color combination seizes your eye, along with the background of a window grille against which Di sits.

Another, even more artistic piece by Di is risen.  It’s, of course, ridiculously simple for anyone to “rise” into the air in Second Life — at least in most places — but Di’s post work gives this a special, maybe joyful sensibility.

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The next column should come in a week or two; watch this space — and remember to leave comments here, and at the photographers’ pages as well.

Contact Sheet 22

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!

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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