Update: Zone One has closed. SLurls have therefore been removed from this article.
Lam Erin is a skilled Second Life photographer perhaps most noted for his landscape work, which has captured and uniquely accentuated many a region for posterity. Given his skill and eye, it should come as little surprise that were he to turn his attention to region design, he’d produce something equally as eye-catching as his art.
And thus it is with Zone One, the full region that is also the home of Lam’s Soul Identity store and Ohemo. We’ve been watching the development of the ground level of the region since work started in about June 2018, and have made several visits over the last few months to witness how things have grown, which itself has been intriguing to watch.
There is no set landing point, so I’ve arbitrarily selected one alongside the landmark giver for the region. This should also double as a teleport to the two stores, but at the time of our most recent visit in September, it didn’t appear to be working. The sign sits alongside a single road that almost circles the land, roughly following the line of an inlet slicing its way inwards from the east side of the region.
Alongside the inlet and along the road sit a number of houses, surrounded by trees that, in keeping with the time of year during our last visit, are heavy with leaves turning to the colours of autumn. All but one of them are unfurnished, which did have me wondering if more work is yet to come with things. But even unfurnished, each house has its own character, thanks to both its setting and the décor placed around it, allowing each to be used as a photographic backdrop with it’s own look and feel.
Follow the road south and west from the landing point, and it will point you to where a little wharf sits just offshore and connected to a cinder beach by a raised wooden board walk stretching over the shallow water. Reached via a short walk over grassland after the road has come to an end, it is the home to, among other things, a ramshackle fish and chips shop where one might assume the fish is super fresh, given the little trawler tied up alongside.
The inlet pushing into the middle of the region offers a pleasant place to tarry. wild flowers grow along the high banks, while on the water swans and ducks paddle and rowing boats offer places to sit and cuddle. A bench has been set with fresh apples to eat and goblets from which to enjoy a drink, but it would seem one of the region’s four-footed denizens appears to have had a little fun on the bench top – possibly in revenge for what he’s (or she’s) having to wear.
Zone One is a genuinely peaceful setting, offering plenty of opportunities for photography. You can join the local group to obtain rezzing rights for props, but please be sure to pick them up afterwards. It’s also a setting in which time can just be idled away, and it’s nice to see some of the décor includes sit options for “friends” as well as “singles” and “couples” – a small detail that can make a place that much more welcoming when exploring with a friend.
So, for those looking for an easy-to-explore photogenic location, Zone One is ready for your visit.