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What I Like #90

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I have dithered and procrastinated for weeks with this latest column because I am certain a few people will be offended. I have rewritten this several times over and think I have come to the point where I am ready to let the chips fall where they may. Like many other residents of Second Life, […]

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What I Like #89

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How is it that more than one year after beginning this column, I am still finding new Second Life photographers whose work takes my breath away. I was at The Velvet last Sunday spinning my weekly Jazz set when I was asked to DJ a show opening at Elephant & Seadryke Gallery on short notice. Since […]

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What I Like #88

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While those of us who are members of the Second Life® community know that the real attraction and power of SL is the human connections we make with other people from all around the world, it is the creativity and imagination of the sim builders and landscapers that best translate to our friends in our […]

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What I Like #87

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Picasso once said that every child is an artist and the trick is to stay an artist once we grow up. With its freedom from the constraints of reality and physics, Second Life® is a natural medium for art and a natural playground for our inner child.  The recent Linden Endowment for the Arts installation […]

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What I Like #86

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I know it’s been a long time since my last column. The more columns I write, the more difficult it becomes. While the photos may range wildly, the reasons they succeed are often due to the same rules, just applied in different scenes and situations. For me, it feels repetitive though perhaps it’s less so […]

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What I Like #85

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I want to direct your attention to a wonderful collection of tutorials and tools for Second Life photographers. Produced by William Weaver, creator of the where-have-you-been-all-my-life Photo Tools for Firestorm, Paperwork Shows is a page you should bookmark and save for reference. Zib Scaggs has an interesting photostream that is full of experimentation. I love […]

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What I Like #84

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Recently, a friend of mine, Hybie Minx, suggested a new blogger challenge that Maci Restless formalized with a Flickr Group that  I hope soon is ballooning with entires. Black and white photography can be a powerful medium, but is seldom explored widely in Second Life. I am excited to see what the challenge produces, but in the […]

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What I Like #83

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It’s been a month since my last column and I have missed writing. I was struggling with a few health issues that made the kind of concentration it takes to do this column difficult. I hope I can concentrate today. At least my transition back to writing is made a bit easier by the wonderful […]

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What I Like #82

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When I first started taking photos in Second Life, the main tools we had were lights and the ability to move the sun around. Windlight was still in development and at our studio we experimented a lot with finding ways to bring out more depth, shooting with our time of day at 2 a.m., shooting […]

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What I Like #81

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What I Like #1 was published just a year ago on July 11th. In that time I have written 80 columns featuring more than 500 artists. The rewards have been great as I have seen a lot of wonderful art and met some great people. The response to my column has been overwhelmingly, if not […]

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What I Like #80

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I have been writing this column for almost a year. The 11th of July will be the official one year anniversary. In these 80 columns, I have featured more than 500 Second Life artists. When I began, I had no idea how vast the universe of Second Life photography was, but I am getting an […]

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What I Like #79

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Some of my favorite photographers are the ones who introduce Second Life to me again and again with their fabulous photography that highlights the amazing builds of Second Life. I like to browse through KoinUp:Places, Flickr groups and travel blogs to find new places to explore. I am often struck by photos of places I […]

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What I Like #78

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Second Life’s 9th Birthday party is going on this week. Are you going to go grab a slice of cake? I thought I should mention it because my blogging partner Gidge Uriza and I set up an exhibit there called the Blogger Carnival. It’s a collection of tutorials from Cady Aldrich, Lourdes Denimore and Salvatore […]

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What I Like #77

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I sometimes get the impression that too many of us have been cut off from verbalizing what we think of art because there’s such an aura of elitism in the professional art world. We have all seen the cliché of some guy at a gallery saying “I don’t know much about art, but I know […]

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What I Like #76

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The fashion bloggers of Second Life don’t have Blogging Rules or any official Bloggers’ Code, but there certainly is pressure to follow a few basic protocols such as choosing poses to make sure your hands or hair don’t intersect or making sure the clothes are the star of the photos. The majority choose a catalog […]

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What I Like #75

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  Do any pictures arrest your attention so powerfully that you cannot look away? Do they take your breath away? I see a few every week that do that for me. The artist I am featuring this week has that effect on my with so much her work should come with a warning label. They […]

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What I Like #74

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Each week I struggle to decide what pictures to include in my column. In a typical week, I might find 60 or more pieces that I like and from that, I select around 8 or 10. I try to think about whether I have highlighted a particular artist recently, trying to widen the net to […]

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What I Like #73

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I love all sorts of photos and artworks created in Second Life, but the ones that stop me in my tracks most often are the simplest in composition, the closeup head shot. Usually there’s no set dressing, no complex background, nothing except a plain wall and an avatar.  What makes a good portrait?  The best […]

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What I Like #72

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I love the interplay of light and shadow and play around a lot with it in my own photos. I recently did a tutorial on chiaroscuro lighting using Second Life’s projectors and thought I might mention it in case you want to play around with them as well. It is fun. I find myself taking […]

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What I Like #71

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The difficulty in writing my column is not about finding work to highlight, but in winnowing down the 150 to 200 pictures I bookmark and favorite each week to just the 10 or so that I focus on in a column. If one of the bookmarked pictures is someone I have not highlighted before, they […]

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What I Like #70

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Pablo Picasso once asked, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” It’s a good question to ask this week’s featured artist Liisi Karfield. Her work seems to do all three. I am always drawn to the works by Liisi Karfield. Her work usually features her subjects in isolation in […]

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What I Like #69

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Finding photos I like is something very much influenced by mood and well-being. When I have a headache, I pretty much don’t like anything. I am sure that even a Klee would get a tepid response from me when my head hurts. That’s why I took last week off. With headaches and one thing and […]

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What I Like #68

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Paul Caponigro said, “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” This is exponentially more difficult in Second Life where our default facial expression is a preternatural calm, but any use of emotes to express emotion takes us to […]

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What I Like #67

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There’s a gallery opening today, March 31st, that has me very excited, so I decided to do a special edition of What I Like to tell you about it. The art work is striking and powerful and although done by two artists, their work is so cohesive that you are instantly aware of a unique […]

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What I Like #66

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The poet Fleur Adcock once said, “Art’s whatever you choose to frame,” which I think really gets at the heart of composition. While as a poet, she most likely was talking about poetic framing, but no matter, it’s a truth about art in general. What you choose to include, how it is framed within the […]

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