“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Einstein’s words seem so perfect for Second Life – a world where the limits of our imagination are more critical than the limits of our knowledge. Second Life is rich in imagination and creativity that constantly expands beyond what we think is possible. How lucky we are to have discovered this world – and how lucky that we can share it with others through photography.
I love the art of Megan Prumier, a second life photographer who uses texture layers to create painterly works reminiscent of great landscape artistis such as John Constable or Thomas Cole. This one is particularly fascinating, with its brown and sepia tones looking almost as though it were painted and etched into leather. For all that the color palette is restricted to shades of brown, there is still a richness of contrast with the light tan and the deep chocolate browns.
This landscape of Venezia has beautifully lighting and rich detail. The horizon is placed according to the rule of thirds and we are given a focal point by her placement of the tallest tower on a vertical third. It’s a beautiful, inviting photo of a lovely sim. I like how she framed it with the horizontal black bars above and below – giving it a slight more conventional aspect ratio while maintaing the tight crop that makes it such a great composition.
This photo from Mavi Beck for Get Dirty with Mavi is a new take on the DollCoco Ball-Joint Doll. The many storage cubes filled with dolls heads are wonderful in their variety. The subject has so much intensity in her pose with her chin jutting forward a bit. I love that her complexion is the same as the doll, adding another element of surprise and surreality.
I love this quadtych from Nadja Baxter for Nadja’s Style. It would have been easier to make a two-panel composite and not splitting the photos. Doing it this way, though, makes it more interesting and emphasizes the volume of the skirt, one of its key elements. The panels relate to each other and the subject is turned toward her counterpart in the other set, tying it all together.
I like this photo from Tomomi H for her blog Dressup Doll. She did a great job of styling her outfit to the setting or, conversely, finding a setting that sets off her outfit by echoing its colors. Her subject is placed with room to move across the frame and is looking into the frame. She did a nice job of finding a good pose that not only gives a sense of movement, but also that quiet contemplation that the setting suggests.
I love this snapshot from Jenica Penucca for Zombie Popcorn. It’s fun and quirky, particularly in how completely the three subjects ignore each other. It has the feeling of a “herding cats” kind of photo which suits the conceit of it being a snapshot taken on the fly, one that gets tapedinto an album and looked at again and again through the decades. You can tell that this photo is looked at a lot because it’s been taped and retaped. Their uncooperative poses that are sort of anti-posed give them a personality. I can imagine someone looking back at their youthful service and thinking, “That’s so like her, wanting to make sure we got her good side,” and laughing nostalgically at the memory of old friends.
I love this very editorial shot from Kyrie Source for her self-titled blog. Kyrie always has such interesting styling and well-conceived photos that I could choose pictures from her every time she posts. This one, though, seems especially striking with that fabulous pose and that knowing look cast our way by her eyes. The general rule is that you leave space in front of the subject for them to move, but if you know what you are doing, you can break that rule, as Kyrie does in this photo. Why does it work? Part of the reason is that the real action and movement is her raised back leg. The other reason is that although she faces out of the frame, her head is turned just enough that her eyes are looking toward us, not out of the frame. This illustrates how the rules of composition are really just guidelines – and that if you employ other elements of good composition, you can break those rules and make an even more exciting picture.
I like this photo from Cady Fretwerk for her blog Divine Patterns. It’s a simple story-telling photo of a woman relaxing by candlelight because the lights are out. It was a brilliant metaphor for the internet blackout on Wednesday and an effective way to show her opposition to SOPA when her blog host did not make it as easy as other blog hosting sites did. I like the lighting and her faith that we will look a little closer because it’s so dark.
Nestag Itano is shooting movie homages for his blog Untouchable Life. I am really impressed with how effectively he captures the look and feel of Watchmen and the character Rorschach. While the background is simple, it’s steely greenish grey is evocative of the noir dystopia of the film. The subject is centered with his shadow grounding him. Meanwhile, the smiley behind him bring your eye a bit to the right so the photo does not feel completely centered and gives it a more dynamic feeling.
I also want to remind you that the Leonard Cohen Exhibit starts on January 21st and will continue for the next month, so be sure to go and see the magnificent work, some of which was highlighted in What I Like #55.