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The White Witch

O brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great white witch rides out to-night.
Trust not your prowess nor your strength,
Your only safety lies in flight;
For in her glance there is a snare,
And in her smile there is a blight.

After seeing the original at Harper Beresford's blog (A Passion for Virtual Fashion), I had to give Eshi Otawara's "Black Gems are Forever" a shot of my own. However, I decided I'd discard the pants she had in the confection, and used an old skirt from Anubis Style instead (which I think was created for the old Rezzable "Black Swan" show, as that was the name on the gown).

The great white witch you have not seen?
Then, younger brothers mine, forsooth,
Like nursery children you have looked
For ancient hag and snaggle-tooth;
But no, not so; the witch appears
In all the glowing charms of youth….

I especially love Eshi's headdress of jet-topped pins and a "veil" of thin, flexible "wires." I've pinned it into a coiffure -- normally the SL epitome of casual style; but with this headdress added to it....

But though she always thus appears
In form of youth and mood of mirth,
Unnumbered centuries are hers,
The infant planets saw her birth;
The child of throbbing Life is she,
Twin sister to the greedy earth.

Candy Nail has an amazing variety of prim nails, including these black talons with jewels stuck all over them.

And back behind those smiling lips,
And down within those laughing eyes,
And underneath the soft caress
Of hand and voice and purring sighs,
The shadow of the panther lurks,
The spirit of the vampire lies….

Note the black jet choker and the earrings, which mirror the headdress. There's also a ring, but the nails knocked it off, of course; one of the two things I don't appreciate about prim nails, no matter how good they make you look.

Oh! she has seen your strong young limbs,
And heard your laughter loud and gay,
And in your voices she has caught
The echo of a far-off day,
When man was closer to the earth;
And she has marked you for her prey.

She feels the old Antaean strength
In you, the great dynamic beat
Of primal passions, and she sees
In you the last besieged retreat
Of love relentless, lusty, fierce,
Love pain-ecstatic, cruel-sweet.

O, brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great white witch rides out to-night.
O, younger brothers mine, beware!
Look not upon her beauty bright;
For in her glance there is a snare,
And in her smile there is a blight.

Excerpts from “The White Witch”
by James Weldon Johnson (1922)


The details:

  • Shape: L. Fauna Lapine
  • Skin: L. Fauna Lapine.Snow-Fae Frigid
  • Hair: Jules (startled white) (Parvarti Monday)
  • Eyes: Poetic Color Gold Flakes (amethyst) (Lano Ling)
  • Dress: Eshi Otawara Black Gems are Forever (top, gloves, earrings, choker, headdress); Anubis Style Black Swan system and prim skirts (Anubis Hartunian)
  • Shoes: Detour Glamour Metallic pumps (Detour Sideways)
  • Nails: Candy Nail P045 Swallowtail Black prim nails (peche Bury)

WindLight setting: Torley Linden’s DUSK – Briony

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Read Harper Beresford’s original article

Contact Sheet 13

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. 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 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.

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There must be something to the number 13 being unlucky, because it’s been since September since I added a new column.  I was doing this monthly on the average.  Well, let’s see if we can make up for the three-month delay with some quality photographs for your consideration:


For once, I leave the easy confines of Flickr, and cross into the unfamiliar world of Koinup.  It’s worth the exploration time, though.

Carlotta Ceawlin is an avatar with both a wonderfully wild sense of style at times (witness this, this and this), and an eye for landscape composition; her PhotoShopped pictures of places such as The Minoan Empire and Gion have got me noting down the SLurls to check them out.  (Take a look at this story slideshow set in Emvee Cuba.)  Her use of the editor enhances the work in a way that sets the mood, which is always what you’re looking for when you break out one of those programs.

The Minoan Empire, by Carlotta Ceawlin

There’s far more in her portfolio, including works of pure art such as Excalibur, so stop by and give it a good examination.


If nothing else, Nessy Shepherd’s The Moon catches your attention with its bold insertion of the portrait over the orb of the full moon.  Could that be Artemis, gazing down upon the land which she holds power over in the night?

The Moon, by Nessy Shepherd

A nice in a similar vein is Snowqueen; but I have to wonder how those tigers tie in…unless they’re actually snow leopards?

Snowqueen, by Nessy Shepherd


Eshi Otawara seens to be the designer of the moment; I’ve found many pictures of her latest sensational gowns.  You’ll remember that Eshi’s famous “fishhook” dress was auctioned off earlier this year for L$460,000 to benefit Relay for Life — $1,700 in hard Newnited States dollars.  There’s a lot of admiration for Eshi’s work — and her fight to stay in the United States — and so it’s not surprising to see these gowns get the attention they deserve.


Thinking of Cajsa, she’s been doing closet challenges lately with her friends, and Gidge Uriza sent her a suggestion far removed from the normally sophisticated Ms. Lilliehook’s style:  “OK then, Now I want to see you do ultramodern.  Sleek, metallic….not inhuman…….SUPERHUMAN……”  Go once again to Cajsa’s blog and Flickr stream for the results…which will, to quote from the Spinners, “blow your mind so high it won’t come down.”


Portraits are, of course, a big business in Second Life; if for no other reason than to put a picture in your Profile.  Any road, good portraits are something I’ve admired, and Harry Huffman’s shot of Didih Merlin is good indeed.  I have no idea what that little coin she’s holding is all about, but there it is….


Lano Ling came across an old snap in his files, and published it here.  I don’t know whether he had worked on it before, or massaged it with an editor after he turned it back up, but the results are impressive.


I don’t see how the title of Emi Bade’s picture, May This Be Your Last Sorrow 1, relates to the photograph myself.  Emi didn’t put any explanation here in particular, just a quick rundown of what she was wearing. However, this is just one of a set of three, and the setting of the region she was in gives more context to the portrait.

To me, out of context of the set, this one photo strikes me more as one of those shots of the Woman of Mystery, whose face the hero only sees a portion or a glimpse of before she disappears around a corner or in a crowd.  (Think of the woman known only as “The Face” in the old Mike Hammer television series with Stacy Keach from the Eighties.)  Here, the wrap of the collar across Emi’s nose and mouth, combined with the standard Second Life detachment of the eyes, gives her that wonderful air of, “You may not know who I am…unless you pursue me.  Do you dare?”


That’s all for now.  Hopefully I’ll get back to the monthly frequency of this, so wish me luck!  It’s for you as well, sharing good to phenomenal art that deserves the exposure to a wider audience.

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