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New Photo Groups for Classy & Casual SL Fashion

Of course, we all know what Second Life is really for….

…The fashion, dahlings!

But, contrary to appearances, especially on this blog, it’s not all about big ball gowns or outlandish costumes.  One of the most successful newcomers to Grid couture in the past six months has been fri.day, a house that specializes in J. Crew-style casuals and hairstyles.  (My normal day-to-day hairstyle is currently fri.day’s Leigh.)  Other houses are either exclusively casual, or have daywear lines as part of their overall sales strategy and design aesthetic.

To help show off some of the things available, I’ve founded groups at Flickr and Koinup specializing in casual styles.  I’ve already hunted out some excellent items, as well as adding my own pieces; it’s fantastic what can be done, not only with ensembles sold by the stores, but in the mix-and-match department as well.  Why not stop on by and take a look?  Or, if you’re an account holder on either service, add your own shots.  Please be sure to read the group rules before posting.

Curating Photo Galleries on Flickr

Flickr has a lovely little function called Galleries, which allows you to put together pictures from the public, safe photos into a collection around a theme that inspires you.  Say, to use a common SL theme, you want to run a gallery of some of the best fashion photos from the Grid.  You choose which pictures you want to exhibit, up to 18, click the button above them (if turned on), and then write any explanations you want to add on the gallery page.  The photo itself will have a note on its own page that it’s been added to a gallery; and the photo’s owner has the option of pulling the photo if desired.

I’ve started a few galleries of my own, since I love going through the photo groups and sets of Residents on Flickr.  If you’d like to see my choices, click through here.  My two are on the theme of “Living the Second Life” (excellent, naturalistic poses) and “Women and the Sea.”

Posted March 28, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Photographs

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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!

Call for Pictures of SL and Veterans or Veterans Day

The American Veterans Day is coming up in a little under a month.  As I believe I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I have a special appreciation for this day because of my late father, who served in World War II and was wounded in Europe.

Last year, I founded a Flickr group dedicated to photos of veterans’ and similar service memorials in Second Life.  Please consider this an invitation to add your own photos to the group if you’re a Flickr member.  Pictures can be your personal tribute to their service as a whole, or for an individual in your own RL, or simply a shot of some memorial area on the Grid.  My only criteria are that they be on the Grid, appropriate to the theme, and no nudity or advertising.  Submissions don’t need to be restricted to American servicemen; there’s one shot of a recreation of the British Cenotaph from World War I — now apparently gone, as I understand.

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Koinup and Flickr Photo Groups

Shooting snapsWhen Koinup opened up the groups feature, putting them on a nearly even keel with Flickr, they satisfied a pent-up demand.  There was an explosion of group creation within just the first few days, most of them open to more virtual worlds than just Second Life.  This has tapered off with time, of course, but new groups are still formed periodically to organize the rich diversity of images and imagination available in the Metaverse.

I’ve founded a few group in my time on Koinup as well, including some in the early rush, focusing (of course) on my particular interests.  Gee, I wonder what those are?  (Laughing) No, though, not entirely hair and fashion.  There are a few others as well!

If you’re curious, or (even better) if you have something you want to add to them, why not check out the following:

I’ve also created a few groups in Flickr.  (I do more in Koinup in that sense, as the landscape is not so crowded there; this avoids repetition.)

Please stop on by and check these groups out; they’re not all me and my photography!  And, if you have some shots to share and you’re a member of the appropriate service, add them on in; if you’re not a member, join up!

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Posted September 27, 2009 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta, Photographs

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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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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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Weeding My Flickr and Koinup Collections

I find myself weeding down my pictures on Flickr and Koinup lately.  You need to on Koinup, at least if you’re very active, or been on there for a while; that service limits how much space you have.  But Flickr has a premium account, which I’ve invested in, and it gives you unlimited disk space.  So why am I deleting pictures?

Because they aren’t getting looked at.  But, to be clearer, I’m only deleting pictures in my series shots right now.  You’ve probably noticed that when I go into model mode, I tend to put up masses of photos.  Not all of these earn a glance, of course; and the shots that scroll off the first page of the stream probably get looked at less than others.  But views/favorites are the only metric I have, besides comments, to judge when some particular photo is good — besides my own æsthetic, of course.

So I follow the numbers.  Unless I’m particularly attached to a photo, the low items in a series end up axed.  I’ll also hold back somewhat if any of them earn a favorite marking, but that can be subject to change of mind in the long run.  I hope that this way, I am paring it down to the most interesting items I post.

If you’re curious about what I have, click the links above and stop in on my streams.  (You’ll find a lot of duplication, not surprisingly.)  If you have an account on one of the services, why not favorite the ones you like, and perhaps leave comments?  (Hopefully more than just “Good” or “Great!”; please, give me some real feedback.)

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Koinup Now Has Groups!

Old hands on Flickr are familiar with the groups option available to them.  With a free Flickr account, you can add a photo to a maximum of 10 groups, or 60 with a paid account.  However, Koinup, another player in the photo world — and one devoted exclusively to pictures of virtual worlds — did not have this ability.  You could set favorites, make contacts with people whose streams you wished to follow; but there was no easy way to share your work jointly with others of a similar interest.

However, like in the government, change has come.  Koinup has added groups ability, and the mavens of that service are beginning to add new groups as we go.  I’ve started up an area for those interested in B&W/monochrome photos myself, and considering doing a group for evening gowns — although the community on Koinup appears rather more art-oriented than “commercial photography” like fashion modeling.

The one problem with Koinup I can see is their 1.5 GB space limit.  It’s somewhat offset by the potential for meeting people from systems other than our own Grid, such as The Sims 2, World of Warcraft and several others.  If you’re interested, visit Koinup and register for a free account.

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