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Contact Sheet 30 — Purdy Forcella

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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Today’s single-shot Contact Sheet is of the most recent work by Purdy Forcella, also known in world as Purdy Mildor.  This is an abstract piece, as you can get an impression of from the thumbnail I’m including here.  Again, this is not a piece I’m going to reproduce here in full; you really need to go to Purdy’s Flickr stream and take a look at this, and then perhaps take a much longer look at it, and let it work its magic on your own imagination.  (Click on the thumbnail to get to Purdy’s page.)

(C) 2011 by Purdy Forcella

There is a definite element of struggling free from a place where the subject is caught ex nihilo — lost in the void and trying to emerge from this chaos into a greater reality.  More than that, I leave as an exercise for the viewer to find within yourself, as all good art should encourage you to do.

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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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The theme for this edition of Contact Sheet is “Location, Location, Location.”  Despite the fashion-sappy aspects of Living in a Virtual World, as illustrated by the previous article, there is much beauty to be found in the landscapes that either Governor Linden or, more often, the Residents have built.  The below gives a sampling of recent work by traveling photographers from around the virtual worlds.

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Rawnie Lane gives us The path to the lighthouse, a look at a seaside that might have come from many places in seaside New England.  Check out the little splashes of red lupines in the foreground, and and what I think is some Photoshop blurring to give the work more of a “painterly” feel.

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Hurtling from the natural to the patently man-made*, bark Aabaye takes us to a club that looks at least partially made with the roots of a steel tree.  The actinic glare of lightning draws you in at first glance; from there, your eye travels to the twisting metal conduits overhead before following the light beams down to the dancers on the floor.

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Pirate Braveheart’s Whimsy On My Mind makes me think of a Maxfield Parrish painting.  He appears to have used a semi-translucent overlay texture on top of the main image, giving this park-like setting a richness you don’t normally see in world.

Copyright 2010 by Pirate Braveheart

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Contact Sheet 25

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.

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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. 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.

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Starting with this edition of the column, I’m going to feature at least one photo out of the batch I’m exhibiting each time.  I always like at least a little illustration for my articles, and these shots will give even the casual visitor a glimpse of the work being done in various virtual worlds.  Hopefully that will encourage you to click on through and drop some comments on these good avatars’ Flickr and Koinup streams…as well as here!

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Fashion and fashion-related is going to be the theme of this column, and I’m starting it off with blackLiquid Tokyoska’s photo of Temperance Moonites set up against a RL background — someplace that resembles a street in old Havana.  It’s titles salsa queen, and the title is very appropriate here.

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Wallpaper – 8 by Karro Lean is simply sweet, full of light and serenity.  I like the excellent interplay of light and shadow here, especially the glow coming from underneath the model’s hair as contrasted with the slight shadowing of her face.  And the flower hair ornaments are perfect!

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The power being summoned by the model in The magic that is liberated from my being is the real focus of this photograph by “zhey,” quite obviously emphasized by the power circle that she’s just summoned up.  (And a strong one, too!)  The bustier (from the looks of it under her long hair) and tiered skirt add to the romantic sorceress feel of the piece.

The magic that is liberated from my being -- by zhey, (c) 2010

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Porcelain says it all here.  This work by Elisiella is one reason why I started a group in Koinup for photographs themed around Japan, China and East Asia.

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Fantasy Alyx is from The Sims, and “GPhoenix” has come up with something intriguing here.  I wonder if skins like this are available in Second Life as well…?

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I actually know the costume worn in Goddess Isis by Seiya Perl; it’s an old fan favorite from that wonderful department store of the great look at affordable prices, Bare Rose.  It still holds up well after some two years.  (You should still be able to get it; I don’t think Bare Rose has ever taken a thing off their shelves, and the store is getting gigantic.)

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That’s all for now.  What will come up here for public attention next time?  Tune in and find out!

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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.

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Landscapes is the theme this time around.  I’ve been using the Emerald viewer lately, and one of my favorite things is the variety of opening screens it gives you, along with the option to teleport to those sites with a click and a password.  I originally came into Second Life to do some exploring; this is helping me to get back to my roots, especially important with my second rezz day coming up.

So let’s see together some of the possibilities in the Metaverse.  With any luck, some of these shots will have a SLurl attached, so you can visit them yourself.

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White Taj has become one of the finest places to drop into for a spectacular build.  Cala Rossini makes this picture look like it is a vintage photo from the early days of the British Raj.

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What is it about a circle of standing stones that attracts people?  Is it the mystery surrounding their purpose?  The sheer effort of physical labor and ingenuity that got them set up in the first place?  Or something more primal, calling us back to Gaia as our long-dead ancestors worshiped her?  Either way, Carlotta Caewlin touches upon it with Sacred.

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Nothing but the sheer beauty catches my attention here, for Winter Wardhani’s Athan 40.  It’s just that nice.  But for me, that’s reason enough.

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Something of the same reason appeals to me for Foggy Bridge, again by Cala Rossini.  But I’ve also been a lover of the London of Holmes and Watson, and the shot captures that foggy mood with excellence.

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With all the rain we’ve been getting in real life in my area, I’m surprised something like this photo by verea hasn’t been happening in our area already.  (It probably has in Georgia, where Gidge Uriza lives.)

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Bettina Tizzy’s quest for the builds in Second Life that are not possible in Real Life brings us pteron, what looks like a city in the sky.

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Just six this time around, as I have other writing assignments to work on.  Hopefully more next time!

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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.

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We’re doing a theme again for this column:  closeup shots.  People do like taking pictures of themselves in Second Life, after all, or having pictures taken of them.  Sometimes it’s a fashion layout, sometimes a Resident wants to update their profile or get a different look in it, sometimes it’s a formal portrait for the wall, and sometimes it’s just for the hell of it.  But there are a lot of “portrait” shots out there, and here’s a selection of them for your consideration.  There won’t be a lot of commentary here by me; when you’re this close in, usually the photo says more than words, in terms of composition, lighting, or Photoshop work.

(Just as a note, the photographer isn’t always the subject here.)

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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.

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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.

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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 16

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.

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As always for Contact Sheet, I hope to present a variety of different pieces from artists old and new.  Let’s get started!

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AM Radio keeps coming up with builds that are the rage of the Second Life art community, or at least portions of it.  In this piece, His latest, The Red and the Wild, is imaged by Icarus Robbiani, and reminds me that I need to go take a look at it soon.  This reminds me of a bunch of water towers out of the Midwest of my youth, probably near the railroad tracks and left over from the days of steam.

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AM usually creates vistas of quiet, sometimes stark, beauty.  A different beauty is found here by Cala Rossini, entitled Lainee Baxton — After the Dance.  Taken in Las Arenas Rosadas, Lainee appears to be contemplating the events of the night following her dance.  What is it that she considers…?

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Ariel Brearly offers us enlightenment — there for the taking.  The piece is surreal, to say the least, and does not offer a convincing argument for the ease of acquiring “enlightenment” to my way of thinking.  Understanding is something that is never there just for reaching out and grasping it; you must work for it, take the time for it — sometimes even fight for it.  Such is the case here.

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Fashion again here, more blatantly fashion in this case.  I’ll always appreciate the beauty and aritstry of such pieces, though; just take a look at the work of Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and Irving Penn, for instance; and much of my own work tries to achieve such artistry.  In this instance, Adianna Price gives you a view of a Nicky Ree gown named Snow Angel.

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Mermaids were in the last Contact Sheet, as I recall, but why not again?  “kyota” took a shot of a mermaid avatar at Mermaid Temple sim, with some delicious hair that I would like to get hold of myself.

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Rena Sakai is an artist of both the Asian æsthetic and the nude.  Her piece Yin/Yang illustrates the ancient concept of balance in a striking nude image — though, to be purist about it, one of the models should be a man.  This is a minor quibble at best; the point is made with excellence.

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One could make the case that “Avatrian’s” photo of Rodion in the Gold English Armour is purely commercial, based on the description below, shilling for sales.  The pose is so heroic, though, putting me in mind of the knight from the movie The Tale of Despereaux, that I want to include it.  The armor does appear well made, and Saint George comes to mind on viewing “Rodion” in his pose.

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Kimberly Mirabeau gives an excellent description of what inspired her to create Magic Mirror.  Little needs to be said about this piece; the charm, as well as many meanings, speak by themselves.  Look into the mirror and behold….

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Chimera Cosmos takes us to the Cathedral on the Isle of Wyrms, and gives me another location to explore.  I think I’ve seen other views of the island before, but I need to get there myself and look it over, see what the possibilities are there.

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Finally for this outing, past column artist Florence Babenco gives us an afternoon down an alleyway in Cicada region.  I like this very much, but I also wonder what it would look like if, say, some photographer went into the Blarney Stone or another club some afternoon, scooped a few folks away, and asked them to pose as models to give a little more life to the streets.  The back streets and alleys in such towns, after all, are often hives of activity, with kids playing and neighbors visiting.

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Until next time, I remain y’r ob’d’nt….

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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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