Being disabled allows me the opportunity to see from a different perspective. Blogging from small town America in Washington State and choosing the simple country life over the rat race in sprawling metro complex allows a slower pace to ponder what is important to consider and reflect.
Maturity and craving a certain quality of life happens even in a virtual world. After spending many years fooling around and trying many things I would never do in real life I found myself craving a different experience. Some of you have followed my journeys and wild life in the clubs, sex venues and spending wildly in the stores. Along the way I met a group of people who showed me through actions that another type of experience existed on the grid. With my love of art and my returning ability to explore different techniques with the firestorm viewer as my medium; and art as a way to work through the lingering affects of a traumatic brain injury I decided a change was in order. Many of my pictures on flickr are of my experiments in building across multiple sims in Second-Life. Instead of having many build sites I decided to focus on one main build. A home in The Grove on the Park Avenue Sim.
The New Manor
My new build site is a French style Chateau I fell in love with. Its soaring ceilings, large open rooms and incredible terraces screamed live here. I took the plunged and set about decorating and creating a new life experience. Firstly large homes are amazing and so very difficult to furnish. I thought with my inventory bulging at the seems and approaching the first inventory lag tier I would have no problem. Of course you never have the right thing for a new home. I went room to room rezzing what I had and decided one object after another that my new gorgeous home deserved better. What does an avatar do when embracing the town and country lifestyle do? SHOP!! I went from event to event and all my favorite furniture stores. It was during this time I decided that if I was going to go to the trouble of decorating I may as well do what I love and do photos along the way. Over the next few blog entries I will share my finds and experiences in creating the my dream home.
Getting around The Grove in style
I have this wonderful car from Haru Motors and it is the perfect car to go to MacClintons to listen to some live singers or just to tour the fabulous sims filled with parks and gorgeous homes. Driving in Second-Life is an experience unlike any other. Who Knew sim borders could created some unforgettable visuals. Not to mention the fact it has a fly setting LOL.
Off to Shop for more Furniture and Curated Objects
Having fun messing around with sepia for the first time. This picture came from a shoot where a different shot was selected. Thirst Tease(color version below) was the picture I chose as the commercial content was easily identified. I fell in love with sepia sailing because it reminding me of the days when I would sail around in the Puget Sound. Which leads me to consider when doing pictures which is more important the objective, the art or the feeling you get from the content?
Conventional wisdom would say that the light should hit the object I want to show and that simple is better. In Sepia Sailing you would never know I was trying get my audience to pay attention to the bathing suit as it is almost lost in a sea of objects. In the color version you can clearly see the swimsuit and with photo shop I was able to amplify two colors red and blue, nautical colors which are frequently used in naval flags and decoration. The remaining colors are neutrals to not draw attention.
I would love to hear what other artists think on this question. Any feedback would be great as I am so new to this medium.