Pixie Rain: straddling Art and Porn in Second Life.
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Bethi Cattaneo - co-creator of the popular Essensusal
range of erotic mesh sculptures which can be seen in many adult regions of
Second Life and which I photographed and blogged
in October 2012 – recently mentioned a photographer who had used some of Bethi’s sculptures to great effect.
I asked Bethi for the link
to this photographer’s flickr account. I was a little surprised to hear that
this photographer did not have a flickr but OK, not everyone does. Bethi passed
me two textures – the first two pictures of this blog-post – and I thought “oh these are
fabulous!” I looked up the name of the creator
of the textures – Zubida – a name not known to me but OK, there are many SL photographers
I haven’t encountered.
Bath With Doll 2
I indicated to Bethi that I would like to blog Zubida’s work as it was
clear that there would be a wider audience who would enjoy it. Bethi went
on to tell me that Zubida rarely showed her work publically, preferring instead
to only share it among her close circle of friends.
“Shame”, I thought. I asked
Bethi to give Zubida my name and ask her to contact me if she was interested in
having her pictures appear on my blog.
To my delight, a few days
later I received an IM from Zubida giving me permission to show her work. Moreover, on
5 August she also uploaded part of her catalogue to a flickr account – just under
fifty pictures so far. Make
contact with her via. flickr and look at her other photos.
What I especially like about
Zudida’s work is their “cleanness”. By that I mean, very few filters
or effects appear to have been applied. Similar in some ways to my own photography, Zudida seems
to rarely if ever use the Photoshop ‘Filter’
menu selection. Instead she seems to mostly rely on the ‘Layer | Adjustments’ menu to colour grade the raw image and create
her final picture.
Of course I have no idea if this is actually Zudida’s workflow but the
point is that I very much prefer this type of clean, unadulterated image to an
image which has obviously had PS filters applied.
I like this “light touch”, “less
is more” feel of Zudida’s post-production. I like the subject matter too.
I hope you also enjoy this,
the first public outing of her work.