Single Frame Story ~ Anonymous

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. 

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

I really do love the weekly Single Frame Story challenge.  It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone with photography and that’s a good thing.  How else do you learn?   Despite the fact that I have already learned a great deal, I still have a *long* way to go in terms of mastering storytelling or photography.  Still, the SFS challenge is *always* fun and always a source of inspiration.  Just checking out the wonderful entries each week gives rise to all the wonderful muses who sit anonymously (ironically enough) behind each entry.  (Click here for the Single Frame Story flickr stream.)

For this week with “anonymous” as the Single Frame Story prompt, I toyed with the idea of capturing a photo of  a muse at work.  I ended up not going that route only because I couldn’t envision the best way to execute it.  And besides… Guy Fawkes kept barging into my thought processes.   That and the realization that the 1 Percent Ruling Class is fairly anonymous, oddly enough…in a day and age when “privacy” has been declared dead.  While the rest of us have every second of our lives exposed, the only place where privacy still seems to exist is in the Royalty Class of the 1 Percent.  (When 1 percent control 50% of the nation’s wealth, that’s royalty pure and simple no matter how hard they try to masquerade as a democracy.)

So all of this led to a political statement.  It also created an urge in me to read “Griftopia” again…which I probably will do in a bit.   As for now, very very wonderful friend Dale put his Guy Fawkes on with me (get yours free on the marketplace) to create this week’s SFS entry.

Here we are fully revealed and taking on the invisible yet stupidly powerful 1 percent.  The beauty thing is determination works both ways.  Like Margaret Mead basically says, all it takes is a small group of people who put their weight into things and then things happen.   I don’t doubt her.  You say you want a revolution?  Well, you know…here’s to making things happen.

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Brilliance among the dummies. (SFS prompt: anonymous)

If you haven’t read Griftopia, you should…even though it will anger you.  It’s wonderfully written, and Taibbi doesn’t pull any punches:  “In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”  ― Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America .  Do check it out and/or check out his discussion at a book signing a couple years ago.

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Leonard Cohen & Unified Heart 2013

Unified Heart 2013 Opens This Weekend

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Hosted by Morgana Nagorski, this exhibition celebrates the beauty and genuis of Leonard Cohen’s words.  The event will be held at Unified Heart @ Palais Orleans.   Incredibly talented friend and artist Callipygian Christensen will participate and has graciously shared one of her interpretations of  a Leonard Cohen lyric for this post.  Calli chose Mr. Cohen’s song “The Letters” to create this beautiful piece:

by artist Calli Christensen

Cohen’s lyrics:  ” I said there’d been a flood. I said there’s nothing left. I hoped that you would come. I gave you my address.”

(Click on the image and check out Calli’s flickr photostream for additional wonderful interpretations.)

I’m uber excited to see this exhibit.  I’m a fairly recent Leonard Cohen fan, having learned about him only recently (through Calli, who is also a wonderful DJ and features many Leonard Cohen pieces during her sets).  Cohen’s artistry as subject matter is beyond alluring and the inworld artists taking on this challenge so talented that Unified Heart 2013 is sure to experience a repeat in soaring popularity…a powerful, powerful exhibit indeed.

Event Details:

Arrive early and stay late at one or both of the opening receptions:    6:00 – 8:00 PM SLT, Saturday 26 January or 10:00AM – 12:00PM SLT, Sunday 27 January.   Before that time wet your appetite by clicking through to Calli’s flickr photostream or to the photostream of any of the artists and take in their early interpretations for this exhibit.

Aelin Quan www.flickr.com/photos/aelinquan/
Acacia Merlin www.flickr.com/photos/acaciamerlin/
Amona Savira www.flickr.com/photos/amonasavira/
Burk Bode www.flickr.com/photos/40649214@N08/
Callipygian Christensen www.flickr.com/photos/callic/
Cat Boccaccio www.flickr.com/photos/catboccaccio/
Corinne Helendale www.flickr.com/photos/corinnehelendale/
Dantelicia Ethaniel www.flickr.com/photos/49223218@N02/
Dixmix Source www.flickr.com/photos/10mix/
Harbor Galaxy www.flickr.com/photos/harborgalaxy/
Jessica Belmer www.flickr.com/photos/jessica-sl/
Kato Salyut www.flickr.com/photos/katosalyut/
Kira Westland www.flickr.com/photos/kira_westland/
Lily Laufer www.flickr.com/photos/bellamoon_photography/
Maloe Vansant www.flickr.com/photos/31954671@N08/
Meilo Minotaur www.flickr.com/photos/meilominotaur/
Morgana Nagorski www.flickr.com/photos/morgana_nagorski/
Petra Messioptra www.flickr.com/photos/petramessioptra/
Ronda Saunders www.flickr.com/photos/ronda_saunders/
Sare Ethaniel www.flickr.com/photos/sareethaniel/
Skip Staheli www.flickr.com/photos/37690108@N05/

Single Frame Story ~ Service

I have an atomic world friend who, in the middle of a health crisis, asked that in lieu of help we all spend time with an elderly person in a nursing home who might not normally have many visitors.   My friend knew with all of her heart that she would win her own battle, and she since has.   But even in the midst of her own fight, she thought it a better gift, a better service for those who care about her to give caring to others who were more lonely, more feeble than she was.   My friend recently said she treasures hearing about those visits as much as if she had received them herself.  Each telling caused her to think of her mother who, now deceased, lived to a wonderfully old age and who remained quick in mind and spirit despite being frail in form.  She remembered the stories her mother shared about her life.  No matter how many times her mother told the stories, the confines of age-imposed limitations fell away and life held promise again.  Those walks down memory lane seemed to lift her out of the recliner, cast her cane aside, and bring her back into a world that she happily greeted with dewy smiles, long easy sunny strides, and hair-in-the-wind doings.

This week’s Single Frame Story prompt is “service.”  Service and love are often flip-sides of the same coin.  Caring enough about another to put yourself aside and validate another person’s significance, giving them dignity, respect, and love…and in the service of doing so really hearing, really listening…truly realizing just how very very big hearts and dreams — and life — can be.   Even in the quietest of times.

My title for this week’s entry is a slight modification of a Cohen lyric:  “Blessed are the cracks, for they let the light in.”

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Best Dressed – “4th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest”

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A couple weeks ago or so, I received a notice from Harper Ganesvoort announcing the 4th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest.  The contest is sponsored by “Around the Grid,” a media outlet for which Harper serves as publisher.   What a great idea and a fun concept, and how very cool that Harper has made this an annual tradition.  The contest opened January 10th, runs through February 24th, and winners will be announced by March 12th.  To be in the running, get in the mood to wear gowns (I seem to be in that mood perpetually), don your finest and get ready for your close-up.   The contest comes complete with some wonderful awards for the winners.  Check out the details Harper shares in her press release:

The contest is open to all Residents of Second Life, as well as avatars from any virtual world recognized at the Koinup virtual photography service. As in previous years, there is a prize fund of L$6,500 for entries from Second Life avatars, with the winner to receive L$2,500. The 2nd prize will be L$2,000, and the 3rd prize L$1,000. Four honorable mentions will each receive L$250. All winners, whether or not from Second Life, will be written about in an article on the blog.

Past winners include Ruriko Bracken (2010), Curl Swinderhurst (2011) and Link Bressig (2012). Other placing contestants have included Cajsa Lilliehook, Moxie Macbeth, Moniq Salamander, Draakje Dailey, Rudyn Carter, Aida Ewing, Strawberry Singh and Natasja Schumann.

Participants should submit one photograph of themselves, taken by themselves or another photographer, in an evening gown of their choice. Entries should, preferably, reflect the theme of participating in some form at the year’s Oscar ceremonies (entrance on the red carpet, on the stage, Governors’ Ball or other post-ceremony party, etc.). Multiple entries are not allowed; however entries can be changed by deleting one already submitted from the group (or requesting Ms. Ganesvoort to delete it), and submitting a fresh entry.

Entries may also be submitted by comment to any article published at “Around the Grid” for this year’s contest.

Entries will be judged by Ms. Ganesvoort based on the appropriateness of the entry to the theme, and the artistic merit.

Full rules are available in the official announcement article at “Around the Grid,” at: http://harperganesvoort.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/2013-oscar-fashion-photo-contest-announced/
along with links to the groups on Flickr and Koinup. They may also be obtained in world at the offices of “Around the Grid,” which are located at Harper’s Fine Art and Photographs (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Desire/130/39/111). Notecard vendors are found on the main floor near the entrance, and in the Secret (Public) Photo Studio skybox, reachable by teleporter from the store.

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Even though I’m not entering either of these particular photos in the contest, I do love these gowns.  The first is a glorious gown from Purple Moon that was gifted to me by my very very dear and wonderful friend.   As for the second one, I suppose you could say it’s “Vintage” Azul.  Both gorgeous and classic fashion.

Single Frame Story ~ Flight

I bought a new smart phone.  It’s way smarter than I am, but at least I’m smart enough to recognize the inspiration it provides for my entry into this week’s Single Frame Story.  The prompt is “flight.”

The image is entitled “All it took was a leap of faith, and  she believed she could fly…but did she?”

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Genre “Enchanted Tree”

I’m quite Ethereal tonight on the grid.  I can’t seem to materialize into actual form.  So I’m not able to take pictures of a couple more skins that I picked up at the Genre event.  But I did manage to take one picture in one of the skins a couple nights ago before my viewer got the vapors and so here it is, a lovely skin from Curious Kitties.  I believe this skin is meant for miniatures but I love it even on regular me.   Note the wonderful detail around the eyes and temples.  If I ever materialize, I’ll check out the skin from head to toe and share the findings.   As for now and as for the face, I think “Enchanted Tree” (Azil in whisp) from creator Ameshin Yossarian is a delightful, fanciful rendering.

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Do head over to Genre if you haven’t yet done so, and pick up this lovely skin along with all the other lovely items there.  (Like this wonderful hair from Analog Dog.)

Genre is a new monthly event celebrating the various inworld cultures.  It launches with a focus on fantasy and a theme of “Ethereal.”  This month’s participating designers are:  Bare Rose, Analog Dog, Oblivion, Fallen Gods, La Petite Morte, Boudoir, Frippery, Curious Kitties, Studio Sidhe.

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Last night when I logged inworld, I opened up a subscribo notecard from Oblivion that announced a new monthly event “Genre.”  Here’s the full description:

Genre is a new monthly event that focuses on celebrating the different cultures within SL. With so many creators designing for these special communities, it was high time that they had an event of their own, not only bringing them and their talents to the general populace of SL, but also at a price everyone can afford. Each month a specific genre is chosen along with a theme to help inspire and unify the designers in their creations, with a price cap of 100L per item. Starting on the 15th of every month and ending on the 12th, people will have a lil less than a month to visit the event.  For the opening month Fantasy is being brought to the forefront with Ethereal being the theme….a land where magic abounds, unicorns roam free, and the goblin king reigns.  This month’s participating designers are:

Bare Rose
Analog Dog
Oblivion
Fallen Gods Inc
La Petite Morte
Boudoir
Frippery
Curious Kitties
Studio Sidhe

With a theme like “Ethereal,” I couldn’t resist.  I tp’d, I saw, I shopped!  And now I post!  The event venue isn’t overly huge (yet), which is wonderful.  And the beautiful creations that are there are wonderful too.  I picked up several items, all of them shown in this post beginning with this angelic mesh dress…shocking that it might be to find me in mesh.  Mesh and I generally don’t well, mesh (pun intended).  I refuse to alter my shape to fit it and it generally refuses to adhere to the dangerous curves of my form.  Imagine my surprise and utter delight when this particular dish of a mesh dress from BareRose fit like a glove.  Huzzah, triumphant!  I surged ahead then and without any intention of altering my shape for a skin either, I wore a La Petite Morte skin, which is also available at Genre.  And the hair from Analog Dog (also at Genre) is just iconoclastic-classical fun.

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Do check out Genre.  I have a feeling this event is going to grow rapidly in popularity if the launch is any indication.  The Ethereal theme runs at Genre from January 15th-February 12th.

Fashion Details

  • hair:  “b-wound up” in shea (light blondes) from Queue Marlowe of Analog Dog
  • skin:  “wixon” (fantasy 1) in pale from Voshie Paine of la petite morte
  • dress:  “self control” (mesh) from June Dion of BareRose (shoes shown not included)
  • eyes (not at Genre):  “sunrise” in sand from Ikon Innova of IKON