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I’ve spent most of this evening on Devin. Not one, but two amazing sims with nature, wildlife, deserts, sandstorms and probably a lot more! A place to return to and enjoy, alone or with friends. Or even a date, as there are some really lovely spots with couple dances. The music stream is Slow Radio, which is great for exploring, chilling or dancing.

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Devin I and II are owned by Roy Mildor, Ally Daysleeper and Alienmaus Allen and the rating is M.

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You really want to go there, again…and again. I know I do!

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The, impressive, DiXmiX Gallery currently has two new exbihitions on display: a 3D and 2D display of works by Mistero Hifeng and a collection of photographs “The Paperworks”  by William Weaver. DiXmiX is built by Megan Prumier and curated by DiXmiX Source, the building alone is great to wander around!

In this blogpost I will only show The Paperworks in this blogpost and will go back to the Gallery soon to have a better look at Mistero’s works. Both exhibitions deserve their time and attention!

The Paperworks by William Weaver - I - A Blogpost

William Weaver, a well known SL (and RL) photographer (and the creator of Firestorms popular Phototools), his works often of a somewhat adult/erotic nature. I am an admirer of his photography since years and was happy to see his work in a gallery – I only know them from Flickr.

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Most of the works are displayed in slideshows, so you really should find a nice spot in the Gallery and take the time to let all the pictures pass through! Perfect on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Links:
SLurl to DiXmiX Gallery
Website DiXmiX
DixMix Gallery Flickr group


What else to do on a Saturday night than some exploring? OK, partying…and clubbing, but I wasn’t really in the mood for that, so exploring it was!

The Hell's Heaven 2.0 - II

The other day I visited The Hell’s Heaven 2.0 and was amazed by it. Such a great place! Wonderfully landscaped and decorated, so tonight I went back to look around some more.

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It is one of those locations in which you can spend many hours, so I would say: go there and enjoy!

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Have a great weekend!


It has been a while since I last visited Dathuil, located next to The Sable Club on the (Adult rated) sim of The Chamber Society and curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh,  so when I heard about a new exhibition I went to go see it.

Currently on display is ‘Aisling’, explained as : ASH-ling; vision, dream, apparition and it consists of a series of images by artists who have have shown their works in previous exhibition in the gallery.

Aisling @Dathuil - II - A blogpost

Set in an old distillery I always enjoy this venue for its light and shadows and overall look and feel. Luckily Dathuil seems to have its own music stream – as opposed to the rest of the sim where a Christmas station is still playing ‘let it snow’ and ‘jingle bells’!

Aisling @Dathuil - III - A blogpost

But do not let this keep you from visiting, Aisling is a wonderful collection and worth your time!

Slurl to Dathuil

Artists and titles of their work:
– Gaus (cicciuzzo.gausman): Femme d’Essence, Togetherness
– mrs S (lauralar): Minimalism, Minimalism dark
– Mr S. (saka.infinity): All About You
– daze landar (daisydaze): A Show of Hands, His Warmth
– Yann Whoa (lottomann): Dedication, Admiration
– k a t e (katebergdorf): Beside Me
– Your Mother (elizabethnantes): AtHome
– Ash (ashratum): Bare Witness, Triangulation
– Io (io.bechir): Waiting for Dawn, In Life a Slave In Death a Warrior
– Maloe Vansant: Stand up for a new future
– Mi (kissmi): Snowy Path, Serene
– Joslyn.Benson (jolivea.tyran): and i’ve lost, stay close


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.

Attention Magazine launch party

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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