Photographs or Screenshots?

Photographs or Screenshots?

( pop over and check out my latest photography venture here at The Runes of the Gatekeeper’s Daughter:  Songs and Dreams)

I’ve read some wonderful posts and comments recently on this topic (see below). It makes for a thought provoking and imaginative discussion.  I belong to a few groups on Flickr who do not allow any SL screenshots and I’ve listened to some angry diatribes as to how SL photographers have taken over Flickr groups. I admit the number of SL groups on Flickr is quite prodigious, but a few of them like Blue Moon Gallery and Kultivate Magazine will take both virtual and RL photos and I post to both. So for those who know me as the Dune Mouse on The Runes of the Gatekeeper’s Daughter and the few who might know me from one of the virtual galleries..

I admit rl photography is my passion. But…

Art imitates life? A woodland in SL and one out back of my rl home.

 

 

what constitutes art? I love portraits and was quite pleased with my virtual “bean sidhe” Aiobhill, on left which was picked as “image of the day” on the Kultivate Magazine Blog.

 

 

Many virtual photographers, artists and sculptors have a brilliant eye for  light and design and often use the platform in more abstract ways to present concepts and ideas,whether social, spiritual or psychological.

Below is a virtual image from my story The Siren’s Bones (using a real girl in an sl setting), and the beautiful and fanciful watercolour build by rl artist Ceakay Ballyhoo who brought my “Tales of the Tuatha” to a virtual setting.

 

 

And, what about the builders! To me they are the true artists and story tellers. I’m paying homage to their talent when I take a “screenshot.” They use the pixel spaces to paint amazing and imaginative landscapes and their animated canvases allow others to enjoy and create stories of their own.  And thus the progression through time, of storytelling,  literature, art and movies culminates now in immersive virtual theater.

forests and temples of the imagination in all worlds

 

 

I love the storytelling aspect of the virtual world and the fantastical landscapes, though I am old fashioned.  I still like the tactile experience of holding a camera and venturing out into a more physical and full sensory event, like climbing old stone steps or feeling the wind on a forest path, which a virtual world cannot give me.

Creative editing is a separate project and it matters not where the picture originated. Visions become art and poetry.  I applaud the artists of Second Life and other virtual worlds. If an image moves me in any way or provokes a thought, I consider it art.

I would have loved to include the work  of others but out of respect for copyright do instead check out these great virtual art blogs and the thoughtful discussions and comments. Some of the machinima created by these same artists is amazing.

https://katebergdorf.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/the-validity-of-virtual-photography/

https://magickthoughtssl.com/2017/05/16/the-validity-of-virtual-photography/

https://huckleberryhax.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/is-a-picture-taken-in-sl-a-photograph/

https://boudiccaamat.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/virtual-photography-valid-or-not/

Check out my sidebar for just a few of the many virtual artists, builders, writers and

Story Tours in Voice

Story Tours in Voice

listen to the beautiful An Gaoth Aneas (The Wind from the South) and let it transport you

(The chieftains)

Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 AM SL time, step through the enchanted portal

Bring an umbrella
The Morrigan

Master in-voice story teller and published author in real life, Caledonia Skytower from Seanchai Library takes us for the second time on Niamh’s Journey through Ceakay Ballyhoo’s enchanting storybook landscape.

If you missed it before here is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a quest and adventure based on an old Irish legend.

There may be upcoming tours in voice in June but you can visit anytime and follow the story cards yourself as you walk through the sim.

Some comments left on the sim:

The Spring

“what a beautiful enchanting story”- A Blackrose

“Love the sim and the beautiful story”-R. Moonshadow

“Such a beautiful concept- thank you”- S. Juliesse

“As the waters swirled around her the salmon appeared again. It was then that she realized what was weighing her down. It was her dreams. She had not noticed how heavy and onerous they had become and now she was drowning in them!

Ceakay and Cybele- the creators

and on the Tales themselves ( on my main blog)

“A luminous reworking of the legend.” LV

“Beautifully poignant, wonderful imagery, you transported me to an enchanted land” AS

Come and enjoy the magic.

the way to Tir-na-nog

More posts about the Tuatha de danann:

an enchanted land unfolds
the video is here
Coming soon

along with some great support, comments and reblogs!

The full Tales of the Tuatha ( de danann) are found here

At The Gallery

A visual treat!

set aside a little time to visit this superb and exciting, whimsical and poetic art gallery

a big thank you to Pearl of a Million Happy Endings for her wonderful post about the gallery.

From Chris’s blog

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Seraphim has recently had two lovely visitors at the gallery…

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… first was the enigmatic Pearl Grey, Seri’s oldest SL friend, who is an SL blogger, and who has done several posts, over the years, about Placebo Gallery, much to Seri’s delight. Pearl had not visited the gallery for a while, and had come to take some pictures for anotherpost about the gallery! That post was very sweet, and Seri loved it. As a result of that post, Seri got her second visitor…

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… CybeleMoon, who had seen Pearl’s post, and come to check the gallery out. Seri and Cybele hit it off almost straight away, Cybele being not only charming, but an artist herself. Seraphim now has two gorgeous works by CybeleMoon in the gallery (:

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