The Photo Game in Second Life: Proph and a Pey

The Photo Game: Proph, as selected by me

In February 2017 I wrote about The Photo Game, an intimate exhibition of art hosted at Boudicca Amat’s An Uncertain Destiny (which you can read about here). It formed the in-world continuation of an idea Boudicca and fellow artist Ricco Saenz started on Flickr in the latter part of 2016, where they would each choose two on one another’s compositions and comment on them.

In-world, The Photo Game has expanded to three images apiece for each pair of invited artists, and for the inaugural February event, Bou and Ricco took to the stage. For March / April, the spotlight has shifted to two more artist / photographers, one of whom has the last name of “Pey” …

The Photo Game: me, as selected by Proph

To be honest I was thrilled, surprised and apprehensive about things when the invitation arrived – and apprehension turned to a feeling akin to panic when Bou revealed I have been paired with Proph (burningprophets); a man with a talent for weaving a tale with his images, and an eye for composition and framing which far surpasses my own.

I was instantly drawn to the three pieces I’ve selected from Proph’s portfolio both because I was instantly attracted to them and because they all encapsulate his skills so beautifully. The three are: Never Hide Your Heart, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful and If You Miss the Train I’m On. I’m not going to comment further on them here, as I have already written a fair essay on each, but all three are genuinely remarkable pieces, and well worth contemplating – so I do encourage you to go along as see them for yourself.

The Photo Game: “If You Miss the Train I’m On” by Proph – a brooding, dynamic, piece expressing an entire novella in a single image

Speaking as someone still finding my way with images, photographs and illustrations – I see my work far more as illustrations for this blog than as being in any way “art” – I’d like to thank Proph for his feedback on the pieces he chose; hearing another frame one’s own work in words and  reflect the few nuances within a piece that were intentional, was reassuring and a boost to confidence that I’m actually starting to understand the medium I’m dabbling in.

My thank, as well to Bou and Ricco for the invitation to participate so early on in the Game, I loom forward to reading thoughts and feeling from other on all six of the pieces on display at An Uncertain Destiny.

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Don’t Forget: March snowball fight in Second Life

Winter Wonderland snowball fight arena – a final 2016 / 2017 challenge from the Lab

Don’t forget that Friday, March 17th marks the last residents vs. Lab snowball fight for the 2016 / 2017 winter season.

The chance for a final fling (pun intentional) in the snow was announced by Xiola Linden on March 15th, 2017, and the event will take place in the Snowball Arena at the Winter Wonderland.

There are two fight sessions scheduled:

  • 09:00-10:00 SLT
  • 13:00-14:00 SLT

Again, both are on Friday, March 17th, 2017.

The 5-region Winter Wonderland can be reached either through the new portal parks (reviewed here), or via direct teleport to the landing point. Just walk through the village on arrival and follow the path up over the hills. Kiosks at the entrance to the arena are available for obtaining your weapons.

lock’n’load at the weapons kiosks at the entrances to the Snowball Arena

Those who are Premium members can also pick-up the latest Premium gift via the Premium Kiosks,  which once again includes a wearable token which allows you to upgrade your snowball weapons. I have no idea if the tokens given out in previous years also work as … I deleted mine!

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An intangible field of dreams in Second Life

Field of Dreams; Inara Pey, March 2017, on FlickrField of Dreams / L’intangible – click any image for full size

Update: Field of Dreams  / L’intangible have closed. SLurls have therefore been removed from this article.

“I love creating landscapes and dreaming inside,” Iska (sablina) says of herself. Anyone who has visited one of her creations will know that her love of landscaping and her dreaming give rise to some incredible environments in Second Life.

Take Field of Dreams, her homestead region for example, which Caitlyn and I recently visited. It is nothing short of stepping into a dream of yesteryear and visiting a place rooted in years gone by. Not centuries ago, but a time just a few decades ago, the world seemed much smaller, simpler, friendlier; when power and telephony wires were carried overhead by stout wooden poles marching along the sides of roads and tracks, when farming and cultivating the land was a way of life, not an industry.

Field of Dreams; Inara Pey, March 2017, on FlickrField of Dreams / L’intangible

Presenting an eclectic mix of housing styles, Field of Dreams – together with its southern neighbour, L’intangible (held by Sighvatr Crowbone (Worthaboutapig), but also designed by Iska) – presents a marvellously rural environment filled with rustic charm, which could exist almost anywhere in the world. For me, and no doubt aided by the sim surround bordering the two regions,  I was put in minds of Scotland, the Mediterranean aspects of the villas sitting in L’intangible notwithstanding.

Both regions should be explored, rather than described, so rather than offer a travelogue style piece, I’ll endeavour to give you a flavour of things. From the landing point on the northern extreme of Field of Dreams, visitors have a choice of dirt tracks to follow, offering routes around and though the land, passing the slopes of hills held back by high stone walls, passing between land and sea, and pointing the way to houses and shops.

L'intangible, Reve; Inara Pey, March 2017, on FlickrField of Dreams / L’intangible

What appears to be a private abode also sits on a headland to the north of the region, otherwise everything appears open to visitors. At one point, steps lead up the side of a hill and past terraced grape vines to an old farm-house, in another, herons patrol the water between the shore and a little summer-house topped island. Further south, a stone-built house sits between a boulangerie and an empty store, windows covered by paper. All three face the river dividing Field of Dreams from L’intangible over a rough cobbled terrace.

Two bridges and a set of stepping-stones span the river. However, we would advise the use of the stepping-stones or taking a short flight over the water to reach L’intangible; both of the bridges appear to be phantom and result in getting dunked if used. Once in L’intangible, the windlight changes to something perhaps a little more Mediterranean in feel, framing the Tuscan styled villas sitting alongside the river, but there is no mistaking the region is paired with Field of Dreams.

L'intangible, Reve; Inara Pey, March 2017, on FlickrField of Dreams / L’intangible

From the front of the villas, a dirt track winds through the farmlands to a decidedly odd little pub sharing one of the three fingers of land forming the western and southern edges of the region with a lighthouse. Sheep and goats gaze outside of the pub, while out on the water a fishing boat chugs its way towards a stone quay sitting below the lighthouse.

The middle of these three fingers, reach by another dirt track leading away from the villas and between tended fields, is home to an astonishing trailer house which could well be every child’s dreams of the ideal home. Before the track reaches a path leading up to the trailer house, it is intercepted by a set of stone steps cutting through a  stone retaining wall. These present a route up to the last of the three fingers of land: a massive rocky plateau, stepping its way into the sky.

L'intangible, Reve; Inara Pey, March 2017, on FlickrField of Dreams / L’intangible

A Path winds its way around the tallest part of this great upthrust, which rises sharply our of the water on one side, but forms broad grassy steps descending to a beach on the other. Never reaching the summit, the path offers those following it an exercising walk, but the views it offers across both regions more than the effort worthwhile.

Finished with a subtle, natural soundscape, this is a remarkable pairing of two regions to create one of the more unique vistas to be found in Second Life. Field of Dreams and L’inangible have been beautifully intertwined in the landscape they present, giving a very real sense that you are really on an island amidst islands. A must-see destination.

Field of Dreams; Inara Pey, March 2017, on FlickrField of Dreams / L’intangible