Changes

Changes

Seraphim went to the gallery today, ostensibly to take the ‘Val Vain’ mannequin Pandume gave her, there… she just finds it too unsettling having it in her home. She started taking pictures, and was, again, struck by how suburban her neighbourhood is, these days… it’s actually very nice, there are mostly cookie-cutter, suburban homes there, these days. She got to thinking how much it’s all changed in her time, here… a year ago, there was an airport across the road. She started looking through her files for some images to illustrate these changes, and became instantly bogged down in the flood of memory… and she’d only gone back a few years…

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… she found this image of when she had set up a mid-western, Wyeth-like set on the roof of her home, a few years ago. It started off as just this simple shack in an empty, dry field of grass…

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… soon there was an old garage, and petrol tank…

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… which needed a broken Mustang, of course… Seraphim had a lot of fun photographing this scene, using many different Windlight settings…

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… eventually, there was an entire, apocalyptic scene, lighthouse and all. It’s all gone, now, of course, prim usage has a way of necessitating that such creations get torn down, to make way for others. What grabbed Seri, going through these images, and thinking about changes…

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… was how mercurial her look is… she doesn’t physically change herself, never changes her ink, but she is always changing her hair/clothes, always rocking some variation of the style she likes…

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… she’s predictably mercurial. These images are all from the last few years, but she also found these…

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… really adorable images of her, gone full cyborg, back before mesh, before she’d ever heard of, let alone met, a gynoid…

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… the images are pretty basic, but she really enjoyed finding them, and is so glad she still has them… images of some of the ch-ch-changes she’s gone through.

Ten Years Old

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Seraphim noticed, today, that she is now ten years old, has been, for several days. Seri has always looked forward to being ten… one decade in SL! It’s actually quite a long time. One hell of a lot has happened to her in this time. She decided to visit Insilico for the images for this post… Insilico being somewhere she has visited for most of those ten years, and somewhere that has changed, yet remained the same, as much as she has…¬†Seraphim is a solitary creature… she spent her first eight years in SL alone, always avoiding interaction with others, often actually running from others’ attempts to interact with her…

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… this all changed when, two years ago, she met, and fell stupidly in love with, an extremely charismatic gynoid… a gynoid who turned out to be as dysfunctional as she was intelligent, and who, in a few short weeks, totally shattered Seraphim’s heart. But…

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… Seraphim does not hate that gynoid, in fact, still quite likes her, because she was responsible for bringing Seri out of her shell. What followed wasn’t always pretty, but it was Seri learning to navigate relationships in SL…

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… she has since learned that, yep, she is a solitary creature… the ones she has formed relationships with simply do not share Seri’s concepts of commitment, she’s not sure why this is, but it just is… she is basically better off alone…

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… that being said, she has some good friends, even if they, too, are extremely erratic in their actual presence in SL. One of the things Seraphim is proud of is the fact she has actually served her ten years in SL, unlike many avi’s she has met, whose profiles say they are, say, 12 years old, yet they’ve actually only spent two or three years in SL… she finds this pretty common, and isn’t impressed with it. If you know Seri, you know she is an extremely consistent, totally reliable creature… she’s always the same, she never changes her look (apart from hair/clothes), doesn’t have an alt… what you see is what you get, she is 100% reliable and honest… she’s proud of that. That being said, Seri has grown/changed quite a lot, this last decade… she is, now, far more social, and confident, than she was, not scared to instigate conversation with strangers, something she often does, now, but never did, back in the day…

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… she is happy within herself, these days… other avi’s do not, can not intimidate her, any more, which is lovely. She has lived in the same place for eight of those ten years, and it is so much home to her, she couldn’t imagine ever living anywhere else. She really looks forward to the next ten years, to the next developments as cool as mesh and animesh have been…

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… but she’s given up on any form of serious relationship. Once a loner, always a loner.

Seri Christmas

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Seri settled on cute & simple for her own xmas decorations… some silly snow-people, and a ‘Burton’ tree…

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… she has already received some early prezzies… Veyot gave her this MINIMAL ‘Cuba Building.4 – Pink’, because she knows Seraphim loves pink…

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… and Pandume gave her the whole set of the RO ‘Spook Show’ mannequins… Seraphim has always wanted ‘Val Vain’, the ‘Spook Show’ mannequin that takes it’s own face off…

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… the first time she ever saw this mannequin, it was in a store, or somewhere, and when it took it’s face off, Seraphim literally jumped, it was so unexpected, and creepy… Pandume didn’t know Seraphim had always wanted this mannequin, just that Seri loves dolls…

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… for xmas, Seri won herself…

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… a particularly adorable gacha…

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… a Black Bantam ‘Sleeping Holiday Sphynx’… she totally LOVES this cute little guy, who purrs, and dreams, and, occasionally, farts… he has adopted Seri’s ‘Pink Raccoon’ plushie as his own…

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… the three of them share Seri’s couch, and think about another year gone in SL…

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… and a new one on the way.

 

Adoness Mainstore

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Seraphim loves the Adoness mainstore, she considers it to be more an art gallery, than a store…

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… Cruella Pennell’s photography for her advertising imagery is stunning…

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…Seraphim loves just looking at them…

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… she is really impressed by Cruella’s aesthetic…

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… it’s one of the things that made her want to blog for her…

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… while Seraphim was taking these images, she was listening to ‘Dead Magic’, by Anna Von Hausswolff

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… which she found went beautifully with her surroundings (:

 

Shui Mo Gallery

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Seraphim visited the Shui Mo Gallery, today…

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… it’s a gallery of traditional Japanese ink paintings…

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… which leads to an immersive installation, where the viewer is IN the ink paintings…

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… being a huge fan of the colours black and white, Seri was totally in her element…

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… she found the installation to be exquisitely beautiful…

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… she highly recommends you visit the gallery.

Loki

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Years before Seraphim became a blogger for Adoness, this hair, ‘Loki’ was one of her favourites…

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… it still is, and is one of her favourites by Adoness, as well…

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… it is both extremely elegant…

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… and totally goth/punk/rockabilly…

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… with a fair dash of ‘just plain stunning’…

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… it goes as well with a leather jacket…

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… as it does with a fabulous ball gown.

Gallery Decorations

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Seraphim has even decorated New Placebo Gallery, this Christmas. Outside, there is a lovely, fairly traditional, pink-themed tree, with goodies…

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… and a ‘Reindeerbot’, by Bryn Oh, that Seraphim bought from this years SOS event. Seraphim has always loved Bryn Oh’s work, but found most of it way over-priced, so doesn’t own much, but this guy was relatively cheap, for something by the famous Bryn, and 100% of the cost went to Survivors Of Suicide, so that was nice…

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… like all Bryn Oh’s stuff, he’s sketchy on detail, but solid on eccentricity… his internal gears are always slowly gyring…

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… inside, she has placed a ‘Rockabilly Rudolf’…

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… made by FIN, another of Seraphim’s favourite SL creators, whose work is vastly more affordable!