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Apparent Plagiarism of Virtual World Photo Work on Koinup

While cruising Plurk tonight before finishing up another article, I ran across a long conversation thread begun by Strawberry Singh, one of the excellent models to be found in Second Life, and well known as a public face for the couture house of Zaara Kohine for some time.  It took me by surprise, and was rather dismaying — an account holder on Koinup, the European photo site for exclusive virtual-world work, has been scarfing photos from others, posting them to their account, and claiming them for his/her own.

There was no reason to doubt the word of reputable Residents, but a good journalist checks, and I try to be a good journalist.  Following the link took me to an account named “15love,” and right on the front page were two photos skimmed off blogs, one by Berry and the other by Dailyn Holfe(Note:  in monitoring the account, Dailyn’s picture, which was cropped to remove her name, has disappeared; Berry’s is still up.) Other pictures were attributed to The Sims and IMVU, but the graphic style was clearly not from those worlds.  Some pictures appeared to have been simply slapped into the account without even taking the effort to rename them from the “hash”-style file name automatically assigned to the original by the Koinup system.  I clipped out screenshots, which I serve up below.  (My apologies for the peculiar formatting of the page when you see it; click through on the link.)

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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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And we’re off again with another serving of virtual world photography.  Let’s see what the shutterbugs of Second Life and The Sims can offer up to us.

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I’m not much of one for “bordered” images like this; but Winter Wardhani’s Berta doesn’t lose much in the process of getting stuck in a frame.  Who Berta is is uncertain; the avatar, though, is striking, and the cave-like surroundings she stands in would bear some examination.

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You’ll more often see women standing on the seashore instead of in caves when you think of art.  The woman standing on the seashore or a widow’s walk, waiting for her lover’s ship to come home, is not an uncommon theme; and the tradition continues here with Waiting for the Ship by DreamWitch77.  These days, instead of being wrapped in homespun and a billowing cloak, a la Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, you’ll find the subject in some sort of evening gown.  This one’s dress looks to be ready to turn as ephemeral as a sea mist in her skirt and train.

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Landsend Korobase offers us Artemis.  The Greek goddess was not just the divinity of the moon, but of maidens and of the hunt; she was expert with a bow, and is often depicted with one as the Huntress.  This statue also carries a bow, but the bowstring reveals the holder’s divinity….

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If it ain’t vampires these days, it’s werewolves or zombies.  Zombies are, shall we say, somewhat unæsthetic for artwork (unless you’re deliberately setting out for a scene of grue), so we’ll go for the werewolves.  It appears that the woman in Tae’s Lycan is just on the edge of joining a packmate; note the silvery eyes.

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Shoji’s Arcachon 22 isn’t anything super special; simply someone taking a pause for a read while resting from a bicycle trip.  (It could be they’re trying to be the first ones to ride the Road around all of the Mainland.)  Yet the angle and the composition compel me; perhaps the high-flying gull overhead, drawing the eye up from the main part of the composition to the sky.  If you look closely, you’ll find another gull framed in the spokes of the bicycle wheel.

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What is it about nematons that captures our attention?  Do we sense some sort of power inherent in these simple stone structures erected in deliberate patterns?  It appears to be here in Carlotta Caewlin’s Memories in a bubble.  Or is it as the title implies, and someone is simply saving an image for their personal recollection later…?

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Hello again to Connie Arida, one of the busiest photographers in Second Life.  She’s been doing more fashion pieces lately, and this pair of related images show the quality she’s creating between the fashion and the camera work.  Weimar captures a young woman of the Twenties between the wars, pausing for a portrait before stepping out on the town.  This one is very good, but it’s the closeup in black and white, Hommage, that truly captures the attention.  As I told Connie in my comment on the page, “The lashes, the world-weary look, the spit curls by the ears, the hat and furs, it all comes together when done in monochrome.”  An excellent “period piece.”

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No more for now, especially as I want to find some shots of men.  It’s easy to find smashing women in photos, but most of the men I’ve run across are usually in a State of Grunge, or doing a romance-cover pose from a series of bodice-rippers.  Wish me luck on this quest!

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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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I was planning on putting an article or two on something other than art/photography between columns of “Contact Sheet,” but the in-world news isn’t cooperating with me (grin).  So here we go again.

Incidentally, I’ve set up groups on both Flickr and Koinup for collecting all those artists whom I feature in these columns.  If you’d like to see the entire “gallery” at one stroke (or as much of it as the owners are willing to add), click on the links.

Another thing:  in going back through the old columns to invite artists from Flickr, I discovered that I used to link to their profile, either on Flickr or Second Life.  It seems like a good custom to revive, and so I’ll try to do that where possible.  In Koinup, that means basically the person’s home page, since they don’t seem to have another place to say anything about themselves in detail.

In order to get the Koinup group rolling, this column will be purely from that service.  Most, if not all, of the artists whose work you’ll be seeing today will be new to “Contact Sheet.”  Welcome to them, and I hope to see more good work in future!

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Costumes —

phaylen works in Second Life, and appears to do both commercial photography as well as artistic and personal shots.  In the first shot, a trio of ladies are channeling the days of Marie Antoinette and her court, possibly in the replica of the chateau at Versailles, and they do an excellent job of it.  The second is titled Witches of Avalon — possibly Avilion, in this case — but the first thing that came to mind for me was The Witches of Eastwick.  It’s not an inappropriate comparison, actually, although the book and film were set in modern times.  Here, the costumes are definitely mediaval in character, and the ladies look ready to weave a spell or two in this woodland setting.

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Next, Eves Rodenberger gives us Hunting Chicks.  This does not look to be part of a series (yet), though the title is surely referring to the model, not the quarry.  The fantasial heroic female is becoming more popular, especially since Mercedes Lackey’s Velgarth novels.  I’m most familiar with those, and so the character that comes to mind is Tarma shena Tale’sedrin, though the resemblance doesn’t truly occur here.

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Mermaids are popular avatars in Second Life.  bark Aabye combines this with smashing costume pieces by Tekeli-li, and gives us this view, one of a series.  The model is Kyota Spitteler.  You’ll be seeing much more from bark in future, as she’s done a batch of monochrome images I intend to offer samples of.

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World of Warcraft makes its debut in “Contact Sheet” and Around the Grid, with this image from Maiyya called vrykul Ice Maiden.  I have no idea of the ways WoW works, so I don’t know what powers this warrior has.  Some sort of cold effect is implied here, however.  The aurora in the background only emphasizes the concept.

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This WoW avatar is called Azzurra, and the appelation is appropriate.  Arowhena shows her in a throne room or place of ritual; judging by the glow in the subject’s eyes, this must be a place of Meaning to her.

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Closing out the collection for this column, Magggg gives us our first image from The Sims, entitled Ruled by Darkness.  This subject shows that, no matter how beautiful the package, imbalance in the soul has its consequences.

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That’s all for tonight.  Please remember to leave comments on the artists’ works if you have an account on Koinup — and comments are welcome here, too!  Also, if you know of anyone whose work I should take a look at, Plurk me at “Harper G.”, send me a tweet on Twitter at “Harper_G”, or send E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com.

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