The Furillen Flickr pool now contains over nine thousand images. Given that we don’t accept every image sent to the group, the total could easily be much higher. It’s a remarkable testimony to a sim that, because of its emphasis on space and minimalism, remains completely open to interpretation and the imagination of photographers. So the images keep on coming, the variety is striking, and the quality remains high.
Here are some highlights from the latest batch, posted during the past ten days or so …
The new sim has been attracting around 350-400 visitors per day, and as the guestbook comments suggest, it is being well received. Please do sign the guestbook, your entries are really appreciated and will be published here. You will find the book in the warehouse, top floor bar, right here …
It will come as no surprise when I say that some spectacular images are being made at the sim and posted on the flickr group. Here are some of the highlights …
Incidentally, just in case you were wondering, Furillen is still fairly busy, with around 100-150 visitors each day, many of whom see the sim as their Second Life home. I see plenty of people using both sims a lot, which is no surprise and very welcome. Donations are equally welcome, although not compulsory and – unlike some sims in Second Life – we do not charge a membership fee.
I find the contrasting styles of pictures that emerge from each sim really fascinating. These things evolve, of course, but while La Digue du Braek is drawing out some fantastically gritty images from the industrial side along with beautiful landscapes from the beach – and plenty depicting the tension between these aspects of the sim – the best pictures from Furillen still tend towards the kind of minimalism that has distinguished this group on flickr from the outset.
So … just to show that it won’t be outdone, here are some of my favourite pictures recently taken at Furillen …
I’m travelling at the moment, and besides taking the usual tourist shots I have been playing around with the macro setting on a Fuji X100. This is a classic, retro-ish, fixed-lens camera that produces some beautifully creamy images with a bit of a Leica quality about them.
Here are some of the results. All are straight out of the camera …
Visitors to the sim are divided about the snow. Some find it refreshing and atmospheric, others a bit depressing and laggy.
So let’s alternate.
If you prefer your Furillen sunny and dry, now’s your chance …
Furillen’s new gallery space is now showing an exhibition of Laura’s real life photography.
I have known Laura since 2008 and long admired the pictures she takes in Second Life: her sense of colour, and the angles she uses, are very distinctive. But I have also admired her real life photography, and wanted her to put some of these pictures on show at a sim which, after all, makes a big deal of its real world connections.
The exhibition will run for a few weeks. After that, I hope to feature more real life art and photography made by visitors to the sim. But as ever, we will see.
Do visit this building – and exhibition – if you can. The building itself is a fascinating space to show pictures in, wonderfully moody and atmospheric.
The rooms of Furillen’s hotel are finished for the time being, Laura and I worked on them through the week and it’s been fun.
Here are some neutral pictures of each room to give you a taster. As ever, visitors will make their own – more imaginative – images, using different angles, light and some selective derendering.
We will change the rooms around whenever we feel like it, so catch them while you can.
Room 1: A Pelican In The Rain
Room 2: Where The Janitor Sleeps
Room 3: Apple Tree
Room 4: Video Wall
Room 5: Lamp and Stones
Room 6: Logs & TV
Room 7: Bamboo
Room 8: Reception (with tip jar!)
Room 9: Logs
Room 10: Steps
Room 11: Birch
Room 12: Threads
Room 13: Red Carpet
Room 14: Lab Cat
Room 15: Tiles
Room 16: Telephone
The re-decorating at Furillen is coming together slowly – there’s no hurry.
The minimalist feel of the main hotel building is back with a vengeance – take a look at what Laura has been up to with some of the spaces there …
Situated on the south-western corner of the sim, this old harbour building will host some low-key exhibitions.
There is currently a brief slide-show of pictures from the real Furillen.
So what did I miss, that made me bring Furillen back for a while?
- the old harbour building (this was here before the ferry)
- super minimalism
And what did I want to improve?
- walkable hills
- a slightly longer pier, walkable to the very end
- the coffee
Welcome to Furillen 1.0