Ascending towards the Light

I have a few big sets built and ready to roll, but for some reason I didn’t feel like shooting anything style related tonight.  So that means we’re going exploring! ^^  I found this gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous art exhibit to photograph called “THE TOWER” by Rebeca Bashly.  From what I gather, the exhibit shows fears and phobias in a metaphorical, surreal manner.  As I first journeyed through the exhibit, I kept my windlight setting pretty basic, dark, and dull.  The exhibit really made me reflect on my past and some of the darker moments that I and those people whom I love have faced.  It was rather impactful.

But it made me long for a silver lining.  I’m tired of so many sad endings, lost second chances, and endless regrets.  I know so many people who live carrying baggage that they should really just leave beside the winding road.  Honestly, I’m carrying a few things I should toss to the roadside as well.

Altering the windlight settings for the exhibit really gave it a new meaning for me.  What I had seen before as dark and foreboding, now looked hopeful.  Each of Rebeca’s characters took on a new life in my eyes and I was able to see their fears and anxieties as something they would escape…something they would each overcome.

We all have struggles and hardships in our lives that can weigh us down in darkness.  It’s sometimes easier to think that surrendering is our best chance at anything even reminiscent of peace. That’s not how it has to be though.  If we just take a step back, tweak our windlight settings, and open our minds, we all have the ability to see that glow, no matter how faint it may be, piercing through a bit of the darkness that surrounds us.  Follow it, and both you and the glow will grow stronger.

Who knows? After a while, maybe we’ll even be able to smile in that darkness because we know the light is still there waiting.  We just have to find the courage to make the ascent.

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Take a Taxi to “THE TOWER”

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/139/143/21

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Sleep in Dreams

I work almost every, single day now.  Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the swirl and twirl of day-to-day living and anxiety.  Colors start to blend, merge, germinate, and blossom into a few staggered and blurred wisps streaming against the dark soil that has become your mind.  Before you know it, Mondays leap over Wednesdays before plowing straight through the spine of Fridays, splattering the remnants of weekday commitments across the warm sands of promised paradises Saturday and Sunday.

I think I needed this little escape.

What I really love about Second Life is that it’s such an excellent outlet for our emotions.  We have a place here where we can imagine, re-imagine, and create.  It’s a video game, yes, but it’s also somewhere that we can all use to explore our feelings, thoughts, ideas, and desires.

It’s digital therapy for the pixelated soul.

But while it can be therapy, it can also be an all-consuming dream.  We play here, lost in our moments, and while we exist within our avatar meshes a whole world of perhaps greater possibility and experience spans out across a vast distance of the possibly never known.  I feel like this pixelated world let’s me find myself, though.  I feel like I’ve found substance here as well as in my fleshy form, and I’ve realized that dreams aren’t only meant for those moments we’re soundly asleep.

 

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Art in Landscape – Beautiful Sims for You to Explore

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I post something I call “Sim Sunday” every once in a while.  Sadly, I haven’t been able to post many of these sim exploration posts lately.  This little post should catch me up a bit though!

These first two images are from a sim called Embryo.  I found the sim after stumbling upon the Flickr feed of Joe Balbozar.  He posts great images of SL exploration and then gives you the link for the sim in each image’s credits.  I really appreciate that he’s kind enough to do that!

This second sim is called “Not Everything is Plain Black & White.”  It’s by Fuschia Nightfire and includes some lovely works of art, interesting landscapes, and even a dance floor surrounded by a night sea of swirling constellations!  It would make a great sim to explore with someone you love.

I’ll try to post more exploration posts as time allows.  SL is full of so many beautiful places that we can all share ^^

Sim Sunday: Mysterious Wave

It's an eerie sim but beautiful!

Mysterious Wave is an eerie, circus-inspired sim that has a great vibe about it.  Windlight settings really help to improve the mood, and many SL photographers have noticed that.  I see fabulous photos on blogs and on Koinup that are shot in the sim and I’ve even shot there myself.  It’s a great place to explore your creative urges.

The elephant is so adorable! If only he could roam freely.

Throughout the sim you can find sculpted animals, hot air balloons, and circus performers.  The performers are all very interesting.  I find that they serve well as background characters in your fashion images.  If you use DOF they blur out to a point where it’s not noticeable they’re statues instead of actual avatars.

Looks like there's magic in this land!

The unicorn above is really awesome.  She has a pose menu so your avatar can interact with her.  The unicorn’s poses change as well.  It’s really fun for images!

Buy some awesome art for your home!

Inside the large circus tent you’ll find artwork by a couple different artists, Ling Serenity and Cadel Aboubak.  Ling Serenity creates these really cute alien-esque pieces like the ones pictured above.  I think they’re really interesting and lovely.  They have a beautiful dreamlike quality, much like the entire Mysterious Wave sim.

Don't cross the circus performers! They have ways to punish you o_O

If you’re into circus-inspired themes or if you’re just looking for a great place to shoot your next SL images, I recommend Mysterious Wave.  I hope you have a great time exploring!

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Sim Name: Mysterious Wave

Sim SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zone/194/205/22

**Are the photos too small to see?  Clicking on any of the images brings up my Flickr page where you can view various sizes.

Sim Sunday: Tiny Life

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"A land built from childhood imagination."

Tiny Life is one of the first sims I was shown when I started playing SL in March 2011.  To this day, it’s still one of my favorites.  It’s an adorable world where the oversized and the teeny tiny collide.

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"Where large and small are side by side."

I really like cute things, especially animals.  Tiny Life has so many adorable, tiny avatars you can purchase.  Plus, the sim itself is full of big structures that are just as cute as the things you buy in each shop.

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"And things are like an adorable storybook."

It’s like a little wonderland of innocence that, in my travels, both women and men have seemed to appreciate.

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"Have lunch with a whale and then hop over and fly on a paper airplane."

It’s also the place Mhyja Questi of BunnyStar asked me to shoot the promo picture for her new Crazy Bunny Full Avatar.  It’s a really great product, and I’m not saying that from a biased point of view.  Yes, she is my best friend but I believe in the stuff she creates and I think she has a lot of skill both in sculpting and in texturing.  I’d recommend her products just like I’d recommend the other artists I feature on this blog.  I’m incredibly proud of her.

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"Even if you're an adult, you can always be a kid inside your heart."

Tiny Life SLurl:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tiny/61/256/54

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You can purchase the BunnyStar Crazy Bunny Full Avatar in-world or on the SL Marketplace.