Contact Sheet 18

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.

=====

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.

=====

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.

=====

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.

=====

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….

=====

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.

=====

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.

=====

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…?

=====

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.”

=====

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!

Harper's signature

%d bloggers like this: