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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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A Ballet Among the Mirrors of Nemo

I discovered this delightful machinima while going through my favorites on Koinup this morning.  Filmed by “kyota” and Mermaid Temple, it shows a lovely pair of ballet dancers, performing to music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.  Enjoy this not only for the dancing, but for the wonderful Art Nouveau surroundings, and for the rotating mirrors — mirrors that simulate reflections in world, as discussed by New World Notes back in July.

No Subject is Too Small to Photograph in Second Life

The proof of the above statement?  Check out this Koinup group, Doorways, Gates and Portals, and you will believe.  Please note, though:  the 13 photos here at the moment (all from Second Life) are, in several cases, not boring.  One or two of the artists shows interesting creativity in their composition and subject.  The founder of the group (since it’s usually the founder who throws in the first pictures) has a set of three up paying tribute to areas in the now defunct Arbre Monde region.  It’s all a matter of passing through and cherry-picking the good ones, just like you would for any artist’s collection of works.

My favorite out of what is present right now is Doorways by Stephanie Helsein —

(c) 2010 by Stephanie Helsein

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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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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!

Want Blog/Photo Visits? Use TweetMeme

Want a trick to increase your traffic to blog articles or Flickr and Koinup photos?  Use Twitter and TweetMeme.  Almost everyone knows about Twitter by now, of course; and many Residents have a Twitter account.  (I do myself — Harper_G.)  And, if you’re writing a blog on wordpress.com, such as this one, you can set the software to automagically tweet your new articles on publication, complete with a shortlink to the article.

TweetMeme is another popular service.  You need a Twitter account to use TweetMeme; once you set it up and link the services together, you can use it to “announce” things such as additions to your photostreams.  Koinup includes a handy widget on each photo page to do this; just click the button, and confirm the tweet, and it will be sent off via Twitter.  You can also download a bookmark proglet to do the same thing direct from your browser, and can thus tweet any page you like.  I use this not only for my own photos, but for others that I like greatly.

How effective is TweetMeme?  Well, a photo that had 65 visits before I tweeted it, next came up with over 120 visits just ten minutes later — double the number of visits.  That won’t happen all the time; but it sure is a simple, free way to increase throughput and publicize those things (including your own work) that you think should get more visits.

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.

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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!

My Photo in the Koinup Blog!

Once in a while, I do something right.  My photo of the White Taj/Black Taj regions seems to be one of those times; and I have proof.

What is that proof?  I’ve been featured in the house blog at Koinup, along with some other pictures of White Taj.  If you want to leave a comment on the picture, just click on it, and you’ll link to my Koinup stream.

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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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