In my search for fantastical scenery today, I came across Utopia, an incredible Bryn Oh build. Utopia is a place that requires very few, if any, words. But what it does require is your participation, because only through actively committing yourself to it does Utopia come alive.
There’s something incredibly insightful about the way Bryn Oh took that value statement and gave it form, yes, but only when each of us begins to interact with this wondrous art installation. That is to say that Utopia is interactive…in a manner that is delightful, captivating, confounding, and sometimes quite unknown. It’s really something to be experienced more than it is to be described. What I will say before closing this entry with a flood of images (I couldn’t stop taking them) and before revisiting the build is that Utopia is a profound orchestra of minimalism, wild complexities, and a whole lot of heart and soul all at once. Do explore there and indeed, discover how your own person makes Utopia come alive.
There are so many incredibly creative souls inworld. Their range and talents are just as great as their numbers. Individually and collectively within the culture, they bring through their talents and presence diversity and surprise; they provoke thought and feelings. They are part of the very fabric of the SL community…at one with it, an integral part of it…with many wholly removed from the Tyranny of Conformity.
A few days ago, a group chat came in with an announcement that ColeMarie was singing. I hadn’t heard Cole sing in maybe a year, but I remembered her voice as if I had just heard her sing a week ago. She is quite a talented singer among her many talents. When I tp’d into her performance, I cammed in after everything had rezzed and I spotted Cole singing from within the audience (not separated away from the audience from the use of a stage, tellingly enough). She sat next to her friend Bryn Oh and other friends nearby. And so I took their picture…as much in celebration of their talents and friendship, yes. But equally as a gentle reminder that all of us come from this same creative fabric. In whatever way we hone our craft, in whatever way we contribute to this wonderfully imaginative community by being present and actively participating. Indeed, all of us are Creatives Uncommon.
I’ve been on this frantic tour of Burning Life this past week and weekend thinking that it was closing today (but perhaps that’s just the events and not the builds?). My very favorite moments have been with very wonderful friend Dale, who has gorgeous captures taken within seconds (!!!) and fun weblog entries chronicling this year’s Burning Life. Being Lamplighters and sharing in that experience together was not only fun (and it really was) but the feeling of celebrating such wonderful shared expression was really moving. Really powerful. It reminded me how very, very much I look forward to Burning Life every year. It’s so *very* SL.
So yesterday, I spent a good part of the afternoon retracing the Lamplighter path. The lag was pretty heavy at the time of the Lamplighter Parade with lots of people participating and lots of particles and fire, but that didn’t stop me from loving every second of the experience. Wonderful Dale waited patiently for me as my machine went through a series of locking up-unlocking, and when it did unfreeze, I managed to create some landmarks with the thought that I would come back to visit some of the builds we had passed as we walked and flew in the parade.
What I hadn’t realized is that the parade route had us walk (fly) directly past Bryn Oh’s build. Like everyone, I wanted to see her build and had found the slurl on the 12 Big Art Plots list that I came across in Plurk. (Again, thinking that BL was closing today, I wanted to at least go to these 12 builds, but as Dale shared there’s probably still another week of BL to see the builds sans the BL-related events.) So yesterday, I take the slurl to Bryn Oh’s build and as serendipity would have it, there was the lovely artist herself.
Bryn Oh, the lovely & talented
I don’t have the pleasure of knowing Bryn as a friend, but I do so admire her work and her look, which is equally mesmerizing. She stood on the saltflats, busied with a build, naturally. 🙂 It looked to be a spontaneous artistic moment for her, so I walked a ways past her, not wanting to disturb her process but keeping my camera poised…just because how can anyone not photograph her?
The wonderful ambiance in the photos is created by using one of Bryn Oh’s environmental presets. I realize this will be quite provocative to say but the treasure trove of fantastic environmental presets that come with the Emerald viewer should be getting as much buzz as bouncing boobs. I know, I know…who doesn’t love bouncing boobs? They are, afterall, the key to World Peace. But! The environmental presets in Emerald! Oh! My! Gosh! Seriously, *do* check them out if you haven’t already.
Bryn Oh’s presets transform what is already a phenomenal artistic place called Burning Life into a wholly different feel of the same environment. And besides that…the camera really loves her and her works.
I have lots of photos of Burning Life 2009, which I’ll eventually cull through and upload onto flickr. I’ve snapped the boatload of these photos on these return trips to BL when I could cam for hours on end trying to find a cohesive composition. After seeing Bryn Oh and snapping her using her environmental preset (nearly camera-stalking her, I admit, because my camera just wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer), I felt compelled to take most of the horde of BL pictures by using a mix of environmental presets. They bring a wonderful artistic overlay onto images that reveal a wonderfully rich artistic experience…because it’s everywhere around you at Burning Life. Which is really a powerful reminder that it’s really everywhere — to varying and wonderfully unique degrees — around us when we tap into our imagination.
How does that go? “Your World(s)…Your Imagination”?