picture of the day: 18/1/16

Furillen contest

“Furillen contest”

by lamouettesurlepont

This picture was the runner up in the first round of the Furillen Photography Competition.

It is an extraordinary image, which clearly moved many of you who voted for it. One person commented that it ‘grabs you by the throat’.

I couldn’t agree more.

For me, the picture captures the theme – solitude – very powerfully indeed. I sense a great deal of emotion in it. It speaks not only of solitude, but of isolation.

The sense of space here, and the mood conveyed through the sky, are stunning.

When I contacted Oyo about the picture, she described the image as a “cry in a huge silence, a way to express the inaudible. I think we are many in this case, perhaps almost all of us”.

This did, I must confess, leave me speechless.

competition review

So our first competition reached its conclusion yesterday. We have a wonderful winner.

Congratulations to Wilberforce Buckshot for producing such an eye-catching picture. I think it really gets to grips with the theme of ‘solitude’.

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

I love the discursive title, “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self”. It is a quotation from May Sarton’s memoir, Journal of a Solitude.

To me, this line draws the viewer right into the competition theme, and I believe that it was this close correspondence between theme and picture that many of you wanted to see in the winner.

But even without this title, there is something hugely evocative in the image of this elegant man, silhouetted against the Furillen sky.

This picture is quite clearly a ‘Furillen picture’.

Minimalist. Powerful in its use of space and light.

And as I am sure everyone will agree, this is not simply an artist to reckon with, but a splendid avatar, too.

I never hold a grudge. As soon as I get even with the SOB, I forget it.

There is an additional, very touching aspect to all of this. When I told Wilberforce the news, I discovered that he is marrying his Second Life partner, Gidgy Buckshot – marrying in real life, I hasten to add – on Tuesday of this week.

I wish them both great happiness.

Wilberforce has produced an incredible run of great pictures from Furillen. As someone commented on one of them, he really seems to bring the place to life.

Here are some examples of his Furillen work:

I stayed in a really oldfashioned hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.

I don't know anything about the hotel business.

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

All labour is directed towards producing some effect.

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. (Part I)

But I could – and would – say the same thing for so many of the people who entered. And I look forward to doing so …

This contest was, I must say, a close run thing. There were many strong pictures in the pool, and this was reflected in the voting.

Every one of you who voted thought about this hard. You had good reasons for choosing the picture you voted for; reasons that you often stated to me when you voted.

I was struck – and really impressed – by the thoughtfulness, generosity and sincerity of your reasons.

I will be featuring some of the other great pictures from the competition pool in the picture of the day slot this week – starting with the runner up, which I will post later today.

True to competition rules, Wilberforce’s picture will be displayed on the sim for the next two weeks.

And he has nominated our next theme: “cold”

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Many of those who took part in this round said that they didn’t usually like competitions, but this one seemed a bit different.

It wasn’t about the prize, it was about the process – the taking part, the sharing of perspectives on a theme, the fascination of seeing what others came up with.

So thank you, everyone who took part, for proving that it really is possible to have – for want of a better term – a ‘non-competitive competition’.

The next round starts now. Same procedure as before. It ends on Friday 5 February at midday SLT.

Enjoy …

photography at Furillen

While Furillen wasn’t specifically designed for taking pictures, photography was an important  consideration when I laid things out. This was inevitable, given that this is what I like doing most on the grid.

As I said in another post, Flickr has had a major influence on visitor numbers at Furillen. But numbers aside, it has also created a special atmosphere.

stormy weatherII

It sometimes gets a little bit weird, too.

https://flic.kr/p/BUB5gM

performing against gloom

With people working hard at pictures, moving around searching for good angles and perspectives, trying out different light settings, there is usually a good vibe.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind @ Furillen

People who go around the grid taking pictures are invariably good to meet: long established in Second Life, curious, and knowledgeable. Being creative and interested in the visual side of the grid, a lot of them also have great avatars.

https://flic.kr/p/CYbpFp

The Remains  of the Day

Something wicked

Be with me

Thinking

Kthulha's Awesome Hat

Boo is lost in Bubbles @ Furillen

I also really enjoy seeing bloggers at Furillen. Although they tend to see the sim mainly as a backdrop for whichever clothes or accessories they want to feature, they are always welcome.

No Skies to Lose

The stuff they do is often fun, too.

blogger b

Flickr in Second Life is quite a social space, many of the active people know each other, take pictures of each other, comment on each other’s work and attend each other’s exhibitions. A bit like any real life art scene, I guess.

Quiet Glance

The photography competition was intended to tap into all of this, and I think it has worked. Some awesome pictures have been submitted to the competition group: well over 100 pictures since 1 January 2016.

Entries close today, voting on the first round takes place over the weekend, and the winner will be announced on Sunday. The winning picture will be on show at the sim, while its creator gets to choose the next theme – the next round will begin immediately and runs for a further two weeks.

I won’t be voting myself, but will post some of my personal favourites from this round – all on the theme of ‘solitude’ – in the Picture of the Day slot next week.

Meanwhile, to all who submitted pictures – thank you and good luck.