Another story: Trinity

When talking about collages, a friend of mine asked me why I think that making a pictorial story would work because as far as he knows most imagery, a catch all phrase for pictures, photographs and other ways to display (un)reality, is often one single depiction of a single event. Like a snapshot or a painting of, say, Mona Lisa.
Perhaps he is right, but then I find it fun to work some kind of story into a depiction or playing around with imagery that is just something more that just one picture.
So here is another one that I worked upon. It is called Trinity.
Now I personally think that pictures should tell their own story.. or at least should inspire or fascinate, without needing words to explain more, as it is probably that the words will not always be connected to a picture. Perhaps I should looking into that.
This picture was inspired by the fact that in Second Life you can make a copy of yourself that looks exactly the same as another avatar, however through behavior and other ways of being they can be different and perceived and treated differently by others.

 

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(Not) Being Andrew.

Christine Romein, a friend, had a link to the story of Andrew on her facebook page.
I thought it would be fun to make some random images in reaction, because someone’s burden is an inspiration to others.. and a source of income to booth. So here are some brainstormed ideas in reaction.
Initially I wanted to go with Stay Calm.. I am (not) Andrew. But since the font is copyrighted I decided to use my own font and because my font is connected to a rather fuzzy way of letter placement it became something else entirely. The reason I like to play around with letters is because it’s fun to garble a message but so that you still can get it. It is a study in messing around with the structure. I read in a book that it might be post modern. But let’s call it fun.

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This was the initial picture.

I fiddle around with font’s which are made up using primary objects from Second Life(there is a post about one I often use: the torus). I thought I add two pictures of how my builders area looks in Second Life(with my two main avatars(I always use them together because one is the camera and the other makes the things you see.. I bet it will be similar to other places were artist and builders mess around. This is the are that is cluttered with all kinds of things that have been part of projects, are part, or never will be.

After fiddling around with prims, my own font type, the Andrew picture and Photoshop Elements I came up with these:

Andrew: I am Andrew

Someone I used to know(a post about little stories)

I like story telling and using pictures for them. I am working on a various stories which I hope to put out now I have some more time on my hands and less stress. I make these scenes and stories using Second Life, which takes a lot of time to put together. A friend of mine says that it is probably faster to draw it myself and I guess he would be right, but somehow I like to do it the hard way.
I like to show you some of them and tell something about them in the way of story telling that hopefully inspires you or even entertains you.

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I ran into the song “Somebody I used to know” on you tube by Gotye featuring Kimbra. It inspired this picture of Dreary and Krisp. I wanted to capture the mood of the video and especially the puzzle feel of the painting. This painting is a crucial feature in the movie.
The song is a profound short story and is an nice example of how you can tell a story in under four minutes by using music, a few lines of text and imagery. The video is made by Natasha Pincus and it is in my opinion it  a great piece of art.
Here is the lowdown. You first see the lead singer Gotye singing about how their relation(between him and the person Kimbra represents) started off and then ended and that she suddenly broke off all contact after they split up despite she saying that they would remain friends. The movie starts quite intriguing by showing Gotye’s… foot.

Starting of with a foot
Starting of with a foot

He then sings his side of the story.

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Gotye

Gotye’s painting appears and he becomes part of the painting. The lines making up a puzzle like structure that engulfs him.

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There is a dramatic pause in which the camera backs off to show the two singers standing at opposites of the screen while the music switches kind of pauses to in giving you a kind of jazzy  music. Now the painting extends to include Kimbra who is at the other side of the picture. Notice also how they have totally different color schemes to denote their differences.

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Then Kimbra sing a few lines -just a few lines- that makes clear why she acts in the way he describes. She explains how being with him – even as friends – reminds her of all the bad things that they had together and his wrong doings.The crucial moment in the movie is at then end of the pause when Kimbra turns to Gotye and sings the first of her lines. She does something very distinctive. She loosens her shoulders, which communicates two things: it breaks the pattern and it is a movement people make to signify that they are ready for a fight. Then she moves towards him as if to confront him.

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Crucial moment. Kimbra breaks free from the constraints(put there by Gotye?) and is ready for a showdown. This is iconic imagery.
Kimbra confronts Gotye
Kimbra confronts Gotye

In the final scene, the painting is removed from Kimbra.. showing that she is free.

Final scene.
Final scene.

Nathasha Pincus is the director of the video.

 

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Natasha Pincus

If you wanted to find out the one person behind the video, you will probably never find him or her. The reason is that such a project is a combination of having the right people at the right place at the right time. It is like a jigsaw puzzle in which all the right pieces come together to create this video. In my opinion that crucial person is either Nathasha Pincus or Gotye himself(remember that the painting is made by his father).

 

My Picture of Dreary and Krisp was to capture the mood of this video and I want to show the distance by the gun and the connection by the hands, like that one from the painting:

The creation of Adam.
The creation of Adam.

 

 

 

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This picture I used for another post previously and it actually shows Merit. I wanted to have beach scene and I happened to have a few zombie statues there so I just rearranged them. I wanted to have a beach scene with a sun in it.   There had to be something happening.. as a kind of story.

Second Life: Dirty Rat & Vintage Village

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Vintage Village during the day..

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I haven’t been posting much of late due a very exhaustive real life. Also I am working of various projects that take long to finish, partly because I am struggling to find a graphic style I am happy with and I am not too happy with the results. Currently I am working on a graphical version of my bridge story. But more of that in another post.

Here follows a set of pictures I made at two places called Dirty Rat and Vintage Village respectively. The pictures were taken quite some time ago, but I like them and I wanted to post them anyway.
There is not much too tell. Second Life is mostly an empty place for me. I am basically a loner and a very private person, so I don’t mix easily with people. Besides, most people that I knew in SL left, mostly because after a while Second Life no longer interest them in one way or another.

Dirty Rat is the name for a shop selling various  buildings, furniture and the like. Next door is Vintage Village, which is a small town that looks nice, containing various shops. I am to believe that at times events are held at the place.

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Vintage Village during the night//

This is the url for the location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Verdigris/207/85/66
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Empathic Eccentricia: Bitter Sunday(s)

Bitter Sunday

 

Sometimes one gets these visions or images. Trying to capture them is half the challenge. Bitter Sunday(s) is one of those. This one is made by Tau using prims in second life and a lot of tweaking with windlight(= the name for the light scheme used). Hence Tau made it, cause Tau does all the lighting stuff. Made at Emphatic Eccentricia.

I should write a story with it. Well maybe later.

Pictures from the unreal: wildlife

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Wildlife

 

A picture I made using Osgrid, Secondlife and real life pictures. The set is made in OSgrid. The animals are from OSgrid. The statues to the right have been made by Laughton Mc.Cry using sculptris. The fish are from the public domain and the advertisement  is from the Library of Congress. The avatar and the spot lights are from second life.  For my next step I want to be able to merge pictures from various sources into an overall picture. That way I won’t be depended on one source.