“Leonardo 500” by Astral Dreams Project

Second Life Leonardo 500 Astral Dreams Project

Leonardo 500” is the project created and curated by Astral Dreams Project to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci.
It is an artistic installation that hosts photographers and sculptors, I remember their names:

  • Nabrey Aabye
  • Caly Applewhite
  • Sergio Delacruz
  • Desy Magic
  • Lara Tommaso
  • Ciottolina Xue
  • Aqua Aria

Many have visited and shared their images on social networks.
I remember that “Leonardo 500” will be open until the end of August.
In the meantime, I recorded a video for future reference.

"Leonardo 500" by Astral Dreams Project

"𝐋𝐄𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐎 𝟓𝟎𝟎" 𝐀 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐀𝐫𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐚 Mᴀᴄʜɪɴɪᴍᴀ ʙʏ Oᴇᴍᴀ Mᴜsɪᴄ sᴇʟᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ʙʏ Vᴀɴ Lᴏᴏᴘᴇɴ Open until the end of August SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA8/80/129/3208

Pubblicato da Oema's Blog su Venerdì 12 luglio 2019


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Visit inworld here: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA8/80/129/3208/

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“Masquerade” @DiXmiX Art Gallery

I was invited by DiXmiX Source, the owner and artistic curator of the DiXmiX art gallery, to visit “Masquerade,” the last exhibition currently on display and open since June, 20th.
Masquerade is a problematic term to render in Italian, perhaps the expression that comes closest to the real meaning is “mascherata, ballo in maschera”.
The theme, as the name suggests, is the “mask,” understood in a broad sense. Not only the traditional mask but every form of concealment of the face, then makeup, helmets, hoods and various objects typical of games for adults.
The artistic exhibition hosts the following photographers:

  • Algezares (III)
  • Aniki Seetan
  • ByrneDarkly Cazalet
  • Calypso Applewhyte
  • Catherine Nikolaidis
  • Edie horngold
  • Ember Adored
  • Gaus
  • Génesis Rodriguez
  • Guen Gothly
  • Izabela Navarathna
  • JⒶGgŸ ღ
  • Kimmy Littleboots
  • Kimmy Ridley
  • Kriʐze Sparrowhawk
  • Laura Mrs S
  • Lou ShAdoW
  • Maloe Vansant
  • Megan Prumier
  • mila maesar
  • Ornella Batriani
  • Pam
  • Purple Leonis
  • Ryleigh Theas
  • Shocoon
  • Sinon Valle
  • sσηιc
  • Tania Tebaldi
  • Tiya Aura
  • Tralala Loordes
  • Valenska Voljeti
  • Vallys
  • Wicca Merlin
  • and Dixmix Source

It is well known that photography is a flourishing activity in Second Life. I’m not referring only to fashion bloggers (who post mostly only photographs, not adding text, if not credits). I’m referring to people who are passionate about photography and who, for the pure pleasure of exhibition and image processing, realize creative and eclectic works.
Masquerade is a lively and “cheerful” exhibition, if I may say so.
Usually, the idea of a mask is associated with negative thoughts and feelings: lies, deception, falsehood in general.
Visiting the DiXmiX art gallery, you don’t get this impression, on the contrary. The colors are often bright, and even the black and white images transmit fun and pleasure.
I really liked the idea of a themed exhibition, I hope that DixmiX will realize further exhibitions with this thematic style.

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The easiest way to remove the background in a photograph: create the inworld layer mask

For some years now I have been interested (as a simple passion) in photography in Second Life. One of the most common problems is to remove the background from an image of your avatar.
I’ve seen many tutorials on how to solve this problem and I think the simplest is what I’m about to propose.

It’s a video tutorial made by Daeberethwen Arbenlow that proposes, through some light effects, to create the layer mask directly inworld.

This method is my favorite because the result is accurate and relieves me from further contours and finishes.

Important: deactivate avatar animations (hand movements, facial expressions and any kind of automatic animation).

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April dedicated to art at the Maison d’Aneli

I arrived at the Maison d’Aneli landing point which I knew was presenting outstanding artists during April.
At first, I think I had the wrong landmark, as I find myself in a garage motor show by Willem Koba. However, I soon realize that I was in the right place when I saw the teleports section in front of me towards the art exhibition.

Artists showcase @Maison D’Aneli

The teleport leads as usual to the gallery upper floor which hosts three artists: Calypso Applewhite, Bachi Cheng, and the same Maison’s owner and art curator, Aneli Abeyante.
The gallery’s lower part presents Magda Schmidtzau, RazorZ, Theda Thammas, and Iono Allen instead.
Arriving at the top of the gallery, the first artist I dwell on is Calypso Applewhite, which I had already known and appreciated in the past visiting the VOIR Gallery, which of she is co-owner along with her partner Frenchy. I talked about them and my impressions of their art in the following post:

In her exhibition at the Maison d’Aneli, Capypso Applewhite offers her avatar images essentially and elaborately at the same time. Essential, as she does not use sophisticated photographic compositions or graphic montages, elaborated since the few elements added to the avatar are chosen with high accuracy and enhance the woman making use of a robust communicative impact. Applewhite prefers black and white, and when she uses color, she picks red as the predominant in the art scene. The artist’s pictures are of considerable visual impact; they immediately capture the attention of the visitor who remains intrigued and involved.
On the upper floor, there is also Bachi Cheng which presents a series of her works made in RL and which of she has imported textures in Second Life for exhibition purposes. Her designs capture and display the emotions of a moment, moments of life that she loves to catch and rework according to her taste and feel. These are brightly colored designs, full of passion and emotional transport and that makes you think of a fully lived life.

Also on the top floor is the art of Aneli Abeyante, owner and art curator at the Maison d’Aneli. The art of Aneli is predominantly fractal, that is by moving geometric shapes. She presents herself with soft and gentle colors and movements that have a calming effect on the observer.
Downstairs are Magda Schmidtzau’s images those I am familiar with as I have been following Maddy for years now. Her style is unmistakable; she mixes the feminine form with the geometric one to create a union of emotion and reason. During the years Maddy wanted and knew how to explore different styles, giving the observer new feelings.
For the first time, I explore the art by RazorZ, which I had never had the pleasure of knowing before now. His artistic show is by geometric shapes, colors and movement, all carefully elaborated both in 2D and in 3D. Undeniably an intriguing and engaging style.
Finally, the largest room on the lower floor is for Theda Thammas and Iono Allen, two authorities in the artistic field. The Thammas and Allen present “Samurai” which I share with pleasure to entice the reader to see it. The film is shot by Iono who values Theda’s art in a stunning Japanese-style machinima.

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Second Life Photography: my favs erotic pics

Second Life Photography

Today I want to offer you some very interesting images I found on Flickr. The pictures I have chosen are accurate and convey sensuality and passion. I also gave priority to black and white images.

The first one is “There’s no taming a shrew… “ and it’s from Li Zhu → Visit her Flickr

There's no taming a shrew...

The second one is “Good morning” by Tatiana easterwood → Visit her Flickr

Good Morning

The third one is “Siren on the coast 2” by Truptina Zapatero → Visit her Flickr

Siren on the coast 2

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Stunning black and white romantic photos in Second Life®

Second Life photography

Today I would like to offer you some beautiful black and white romantic images that I found on Flickr.
They impressed me for the naturalness of the positions and the accuracy in the processing of the image.

“Now THAT was a terrible idea…” by Jo → Go to his Flickr

Now THAT was a terrible idea...

No title, by Dee-em → Go to her Flickr


“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this… “ by Vin SoulStar → Go to his Flickr

There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this...

” Let’s call Uber Lol” by Sofie.Janic → Go to her Flickr

Let's call Uber     Lol

“As They Learn to See Through Flames ” by Gianmario Masala → Go to his Flickr

As They Learn to See Through Flames
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Flickr artist of the week: Ines

Ines Flickr (Second Life)

I start the Friday column with Ines, proposing her like Flickr artist who has excited me for her style, her technique, and her powerful ability.
Ines is a photographer in Second Life and prefers black and white as style and mode of communication. Black and white is an artistic technique that is both effective and complex: black and white photography is essential and minimalist, and it also highlights technique and expressive ability.
Ines’ photographs contain precisely this communicative ability, preferring to focus attention on a particular, on a glance, on a sensation, or a lived situation.
For this first Friday column, I propose three images that I consider valid and noteworthy.

Ines Flickr Photostream

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Flickr artista della settimana: Ines

Con Ines, inizio la rubrica del venerdì, in cui propongo un artista su Flickr che mi ha entusiasmata per il suo stile, la sua tecnica e la capacità espressiva.

Ines si dedica alla fotografia in Second Life e predilige il bianco e nero come stile e modalità di comunicazione. Il bianco e nero rappresenta una tecnica espressiva efficace e complessa al tempo stesso: se da un lato, infatti, una fotografia in bianco e nero è essenziale e minimalista, dall’altra essa sottolinea la tecnica e l’abilità espressiva.

Le fotografie di Ines racchiudono proprio questa abilità comunicativa, prediligendo focalizzare l’attenzione su un particolare, su uno sguardo, su una sensazione, o una situazione vissuta.

Per questa prima rubrica del venerdì, propongo tre immagini che io ritengo valide e degne di nota.

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Metalux @Vibes Art Gallery

Shi Bumi @W i b e Gallery

Starting from March 1 is open to the public the exhibition “Metalux” by Sergio Jiadom and Shi Bumi, hosted by the Vibes Gallery. For those who do not know it, the Vibes Gallery is a charming and grunge structure organized in the sky at the Wanderers Retreat Region.
The artistic curator of Vibes is Eviana Robbiani, while Luhnea Resident took care of the architectural aspect of the building, furnished with care and attention to detail.
Sergio Jiadom‘s works are close-ups of women in black and white or in some cases sepia. A single source of light illuminates the faces. It creates synoptic forms of shadow: they give the expressions captured in those artistic shots an aura of mystery, of the dream. Sergio Jiadom titled all his works with “shadow nr…” by changing only the number in the title. This particular is a characteristic that allows us to understand the importance that the artist gives to the shadow in his works. What happens if art is composed of shadow? To better understand, it is necessary to overturn the original point of view that we all know, that is, the light projecting itself, generates beams of shadow. Let’s imagine instead that light is manipulated to give shape to shadows. What we have before us will be works made of darkness, of absence, but no less concrete and evocative than those made of bodies and colors.
The idea of shadow that has become a work of art is the result of contemporaneity.

There is a phrase by Junichiro Tanizaki mentioned in his “Book of Shadows” that effectively describes Sergio Jiadom‘s images: “In truth, there are neither secrets nor mysteries: everything is the magic of shadow.” Shadow has its charm, an ability to stratify and become matter.
A dark beauty that is no longer hell, sin, damnation but the dream and at the same time truth.
In the history of art, the shadow has had different roles: in some cases, it has been used to give depth and consistency to the props, in other cases it was only a small spot stretched under the feet and, in Byzantine art, it disappeared altogether.
Shi Bumi‘s works are also in black and white, with close-ups and half-busts. In some images, the reference to BDSM is quite evident, in a sequence of details that leave room for the imagination. Among the photos on display, I was particularly struck by “Save a prayer,” a half-length bust of a beautiful naked woman who seems to pray. The light deludes the sad face and the bowed head, while everything else is in the shade, leaving room for the game of “I see, I don’t see.”
The close-up male entitled “Yugen” has also a great impact. It amazes the visitor for the particular expressiveness of the face. An important feature if you think that we are talking about the portrait of an avatar.
Unfortunately, the artists have not left a biography of their own to draw on for more information.
Speaking with Eviana Robbiani and Luna Resident, I learned that Sergio Jiadom and Shi Bumi are two “new entries” in the Esselian art sector.
I will follow these artists in the future because I think they deserve attention in the artistic world of SL®.


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Metalux alla Vibes Art Gallery

Dal 1 marzo è aperta al pubblico l’esibizione “Metalux” di Sergio Jiadom e Shi Bumi, ospitata dalla Vibes Gallery. Per coloro che non la conoscessero, la Vibes Gallery è una struttura suggestiva e grunge ospitata in cielo presso la Wanderers Retreat Regione.

Curatore artistico della Vibes è Eviana Robbiani, mentre Luhnea Resident si è occupata dell’aspetto architettonico dell’edificio, arredato con cura e curato nei minimi dettagli.

I lavori di Sergio Jiadom sono primi piani di donna in bianco e nero o in alcuni casi color seppia. I volti sono illuminati da un’unica sorgente di luce che crea delle sinouse forme di ombra: esse regalano alle espressioni colte in quegli scatti artistici un alone di mistero, di sogno. Sergio Jiadom intitola tutti i suoi lavori con “ombra nr…” , modificando solo il numero nel titolo. Si tratta di una caratteristica che permette di comprendere l’importanza che l’artista dà all’ombra nei suoi lavori. Cosa accade se l’arte è fatta di ombra? Per comprenderlo è necessario ribaltare il punto di vista originario che tutti conosciamo, ovvero la luce proiettando se stessa, genera fasci di ombra. Immaginiamo invece che la luce venga manipolata per dare forma alle ombre. Quello che avremo davanti saranno opere fatte di oscurità, di assenza, ma non per questo meno concrete e suggestive di quelle fatte di corpi e di colori.

L’idea di ombra che diventata opera d’arte è frutto della contemporaneità.

C’è una frase di Junichiro Tanizaki menzionata nel suo “Libro d’ombra” che descrive in modo efficace le immagini di Sergio Jiadom: “In verità, non esistono né segreti, né misteri: tutto è magia dell’ombra”. L’ombra ha un fascino suo, una capacità di stratificarsi e divenire materia.

Una bellezza oscura che non è più inferno, peccato, perdizione ma sogno e al contempo verità.

L’ombra, nella storia dell’arte, ha avuto ruoli diversi: in alcuni casi essa è stata usata per conferire profondità e consistenza agli oggetti di scena, in altri casi essa era solo una piccola macchia allungata sotto i piedi e, nell’arte bizantina essa spariva del tutto.

Anche i lavori di Shi Bumi sono in bianco e nero, primi piani e mezzi busti. In alcune immagini il richiamo al BDSM è piuttosto evidente, in una sequenza di particolari che lasciano spazio alla immaginazione. Tra le immagini esposte mi ha colpita in particolare “Save a prayer”, un mezzo busto di una bellissima donna nuda che sembra pregare. La luce illuma il volto triste e il capo chino, mentre tutto il resto è in ombra, lasciando spazio al gioco del “vedo, non vedo”.

Di notevole impatto è anche il primo piano maschile intitolato “Yugen” che stupisce il visitatore per la particolare espressività del volto: una caratteristica importante se si pensa che stiamo parlando del ritratto di un avatar.

Purtroppo gli artisti non hanno lasciato una loro biografia a cui attingere per avere maggiori informazioni.

Parlando con Eviana Robbiani e Lunhea Resident, ho appreso che Sergio Jiadom e Shi Bumi  due “new entry” nel settore artistico esseliano.

Seguirò questi artisti in futuro perchè credo che meritino attenzione nel mondo artistico di SL®.


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