Thursday, February 21, 2008

Contact Sheet -- 4 photographers

I've had some material marked and building up for a few weeks, so it's time for another Contact Sheet.


Ryou Yiyuan is a French avatar. This photo from her stream reminds me of sections of the Pictured Rocks, a long stretch of wave-worn sandstone formations on the shore of Lake Superior in my home state of Michigan. There have been arches cut by the water action in the past -- though boaters should never count on their stability! The actual photo is from the Aglarond region, which Ryou calls a medieval RP sim.

For those interested and with Google Earth, this KML from Wikipedia will get you close, but you should pull out and go west to see the full extent of the shoreline.

I also recommend the three pictures she has mounted of Capadonia, which she notes as a new sim. Capadonia also appears to be medieval themed, which would fit with Ryou's possible preference for an elven avatar. (Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3)


"Connie Sec" models on the Grid (though I can't figure out what her actual avatar name is right now), and has quite a portfolio -- including some erotica, just to advise you. (Good, but not my normal shtick, and I won't be doing much talking about anyone's erotica, except to advise you it's there.) In the first photo below, Connie dons a decidedly Old Hollywood-style glamour, enhanced from the looks by WindLight as well as personal creativity. She appears ready to make her walk on the red carpet this Sunday night. Her second is reminiscent of Andy Warhol's famous four-frame lithograph of Monroe, helped along with a graphics program. Not quite Technicolor as Warhol's work, but still quite interesting.

Portrait of Connie Sec Channeling Warhol


Thinking of portraits, how about this from Sonia28 Jie, which makes me think of the persistence of motion phenomenon.


And, wrapping up, one from SL doyenne Gwyneth Llewelyn. Gwyn, as you may know, is an active resident of Neufreistadt in the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, which recently inaugurated its eighth Representative Assembly. The photo here, from her Snapzilla stream, can be considered news coverage, and is something you might see in any given January 21 newspaper, a class photo of the new Congress as it works. I like particularly the person with the sword on the far right (is that the Sergeant-at-Arms, or just someone with a drawn sword?), and the small koala MP in morning coat and purple Ascot.

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 Flickr or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists' pages in any case to leave comments, if you have an account on the appropriate service.

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(Cross-posted from Around the Grid with Harper)


Gwyneth Llewelyn said...

All fun ;) "The person with the sword on the far right" is actually yours truly. Traditionally, the Representative Assembly members are sworn in by the Dean of the Scientific Council, a body of the Government that, in spite of its fancy name, has a role similar to the Supreme Court.

The sword is, as always, the symbol of justice, thus the 'requirement' for the Dean to wear some fancy robes and a sword as part of her duties in the formal swearing-in cerimony ;)

Harper Ganesvoort said...

That's nice. But who's the koala? The Prime Minister? (Grin)

Thanks much. Very impressive the way you folks run things there.