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A few weeks ago, just before the holidays, I received a surprising request. Brunella Voelisa wanted to interview me for her Second Life magazine, as she was given my name by Gogolita.
Of course I was honoured and very much surprised and after giving it some thought I decided to just go for it!

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In between all the festivities of Christmas and New Years Eve I got interviewed and had a photoshoot done by one of the magazines guest photographers: Be (bewitched.difference). The theme for this issue was “the future” so it was fun to find some outfits for pics and also the interview had some questions about the future of Second Life.

A lovely experience, the interview ánd the photo shoot and this weekend the issue was published, with a great launch party.

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The magazine is an inworld issue, but luckily they do have an online version as well : here!
(note before clicking: adult content, nudity and such happens in this magazine)

If you want to get an in-world copy, please let me know and I will be happy to send you one (my interview starts on page 63).

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I want to thank Gogolita for ‘nominating’ me, and Brunella and Be for their patience and how it turned out!


One of my ‘New Years resolutions’, if you can call it that – as I never really do those – is that I want to visit more art in Second Life. All kinds of art. And so this means I will also be going to exhibitions of Second Life  Photography. As I have written often, I always find it difficult to fully enjoy Second Life photographs when on display in-world, I prefer to watch them full screen on Flickr.
Visiting an art gallery in Second Life, however, isn’t just about looking at photographs on display,  of course. It is about the whole ambiance and the experience of walking around and getting to meet the artists and other visitors.

My first visit this year was to Kate Bergdorf’s Berg by Nordan Art, which currently has two amazing exhibitions: Penumbra and lacrimioare. As I was not able to attend the official opening today at 9AM SLT, I want to thank Kate for allowing me a preview visit for my blog!

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Penumbra by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu  is a 3D installation on the groundlevel – complete with sounds and interactive elements (some objects hand you an avatar as a gift!). An artwork to walk in and around, full of wonderful details and textures.
The story of Penumbra is somewhat explained in the note-card you can obtain at the landing point, and also in Kate’s blogpost in which she announces these exhibitions and gives more background information about the artists.

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I’ve enjoyed wandering around Penumbra, it felt a bit eerie but also magical and the sounds really add to the whole atmosphere. For the pictures in this blog-post I have adjusted the recommended region windlight a bit (old habit, I can’t help myself!), but not too much!

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lacrimioare by Huckleberry Hax is a collection of  Second Life photographs, which Huck has taken specially for this exhibition and they are therefor not published anywhere yet. (To get to this, intimate, collection you have to take the teleport at the landing-point)

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lacrimioare to me sounds like a combination of lacramioare (Romanian for the Convallaria majalis or ‘Lily of the Valley’) and Mozart’s Lacrimosa, though I have not asked Huck if this is what he means with it. The subtitle of lacrimioare is ‘the new absence of someone loved‘ and it comes with a poem called ‘Lily’. All this – together with the abstract photographs in Hucks well-known minimalist style, of delicate lilies – gives it a feeling of a lovely, caring tribute.

Both exhibitions are on display in Berg by Nordan Art till the end of March, so plenty of time to go visit!

 

 

 

 


…and almost five million views on my Flickr stream!

After seeing some posts here and there on the internet,  with lists of all kind of statistics for the year 2016, lists and numbers from favourite websites, to photos and celebrity deaths – I thought it would be fun to look at my own statistics on Flickr. Something I admit I do not do very often. Actually, I think the last time I checked was about a year ago.

I made my Flickr account in 2010 out of curiosity and to be able to submit photos to some groups for contests, but got really into uploading on a regular basis since 2012.

Anyway. To my surprise, yes really, my Flickr stream is heading to the five million views. Not there yet – at the moment of blogging this article it is : 4,788,691 views. But still.

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I’ve posted 7,187 photos up to now, though it may show different to my followers as I have some of my images set to private viewing.
I have currently 3.047 followers, and I want to thank each one of them!
In return I follow 1.016 people, an amount I can manage comfortably on a daily basis and although I know I want to follow more, I do have my limit in what I can view.

Now, what is the top 3 of my most favourited photos? I looked that up too and here they are:

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I am happy with this top 3, as those are pics I am actually quite pleased with myself!

My personal favourite didn’t make it to this top 3, it is this one (it ended up as number 19);  which due to its maturity/adult rating – erotica – cannot be embedded and shared in a blog, so you will have to either believe me or dare to click here!

And then there is the top 3 of most viewed pics. Be prepared for an insane list with insane numbers of views. Oh and…yeah, topless is popular. Sigh.

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So what do I do with all these statistics?

Nothing. I will continue to do what I do, I love to take pictures and document my Second Life, so I use Flickr for that.
And I also have an economic reason: storing my many blogpics for embedding – as it is in the end cheaper to have them on Flickr rather than in the expensive media-library of WordPress.

Links:

The Top 3 in favourites:
I stand for peace
Take my hand
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

The top 3 in views:
Topless Tuesday
Happy Topless Tuesday!
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Now the new year has started, albeit a bit slow because of wine…err…reasons, I would love to start with asking you something important!

As you may have read in my previous blog-post, we have some great plans and ideas for 2017 with our amazing group and of course we cannot do this alone. We need your input and feedback!

The first thing I wish to tackle is : what is the best way to communicate our plans, updates, news etcetera to you?
Of course we have this website, on which we have lots of information already – and which will remain the main source of information, but I am talking about the fast and quick topics like updates on memberships, us asking for your help or input on something, changing of rules/guidelines and updates concerning our website. You name it, the kind of news you do not always need…

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To my surprise and delight, one of my photos is in Huckleberry Hax’ list of his 10 favourites! I am particularly happy he has chosen one of my real, raw and not processed snapshots – a photo of the guests waiting for the bride and groom to arrive, the wedding of Delinda and Skip Staheli this summer. I actually had to download it from my own Flickr as it was a direct upload via the LL Viewer, so I didn’t even had it on my hard-disk to make it a banner image for this blog-post!

While I do not like to make lists – and am even hesitant to look at other peoples lists – I am of course honoured and feel proud. From what I get from Huck’s article, he exactly knows what lists can do, hence his extensive disclaimer. I understand that all too well.

Anyway, enjoy his favourite Second Life Photos by others, and if you do not follow them already on Flickr, you may want to do that from now on!

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Following on from my post on Tuesday, where I shamelessly self-promoted my ten most favourited own pictures at Flickr this year, I thought I’d look today at some of my favourite pictures of the year by other photographers.

Disclaimer: I lay no claim to this being any sort of definitive list whatsoever. It is simply ten of my personal favourite SL images. Yes, it is undoubtedly influenced by me being friends with some of the photographers. Yes, there are probably amazing photos out there by other photographers not included on this list (most likely because I haven’t encountered them, but also because I only have ten spots). Please don’t get offended if one of your photos or one of your friend’s or friends’ photos isn’t or aren’t included here – but by all means feel free to link to any of these works in the comments section below (I…

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‘While you are here, why don’t you do this check-up?
It has been a year and it is probably all fine’

‘Put your chin on that cushioned piece  and lean against the bar up there,
now sit still, I told you it won’t hurt and it will surely all be just fine’

‘You are doing great, don’t move, just a few seconds
I may need to adjust this some more…’

‘Read that text for me please, go on, you cannot do it wrong.
Oh you are just tired and worked a lot?’

‘Are you sure you are not moving? Sit still please and relax
while I check the data, it is probably all normal and such’

‘I will do another test, just to be sure, no worries,
it will probably  be nothing to worry about’

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‘Now read the text again, I am sure you will do great’

‘You are not just tired, let me assure you that’

‘Your right eye lost over 25% of vision in  a short period of time
this is highly unusual and may seem worrisome
go see a specialist soon, here is my report’

‘Keep calm and do not worry, it is probably nothing’

It is probably nothing.

But I am scared.


It seems to be the trend to wish 2016 would just stop. The good news is, it will. Soon even! Just a few more days and then we collectively leave this year behind us and try to make the best of the new one.

Was 2016 bad? Hm. Maybe it was. But maybe 2015 was awful and 2014 horrible. But they had good things and wonderful experiences too. Even 2016.
Though I spent most of the Spring and Summer in hospital waiting rooms allover the country, tired and worrying, the good thing was: I got to catch up with old friends and relatives I had not seen in ages and also:  I finally had time to read a lot of books – what else can you when you just sit there with bad coffee and a sandwich made of plastic?

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Real life work was quite slow at times, which was worrisome and stressful but it gave me lots of time to go out with my dog – I took up running and cycling with him and this got me in a better physical (and mental) shape, making me stronger for new things to come. And I am sure they will, be it good or bad.

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And then there is this other thing that keeps lots of people busy, specially the past weeks. The number of celebrity deaths.While of course I am sad over the losses, even though I didn’t know them personally, it is good to realise that we have to get used to it. Why?

‘Because we’re now half a century on from the flourishing of both TV and pop culture in the 1960s, which massively expanded the overall pool of public figures’. – BBC’s Obituaries Editor Nick Serpell

Yes, I am sad to learn about the death of people whose movies I admired, music I enjoyed or books I loved. But the movies are still here, so is the music and so are the books. That is the good thing.

There is good in every year. Every. Year.

Cheers and a very happy 2017!

Credits:
Link to article on Celebrity deaths in 2016
Photos taken on location Costa Blanco