Fantasy Faire 2021

I finally made it to this years Fantasy Faire a few days ago, and have been chipping away at it, a bit at a time, since then. They are always so big, and often confusing, so they are always, for me, serious shopping missions, I tend to just put my head down and wade on in, so I don’t usually take pictures. But I kept seeing amazing scenes and places, so, today, I started taking pictures…

… each day I’ve managed to find some nice stuff to buy. Today I bought this gorgeous crown of thorns with roses…

… there are some stunning locations to see…

… like this one by a famous SL artist whose name I forget…

… my outfit matched the scenery perfectly…

… I’m not sure there were even any shops in this one…

… there was a cave with this scene in it, the same style as the outside…

… but in colours I’ve never seen this artist use, before.

La Vallée Crush

Seems I have a bit of a crush on La Vallée. I came back in the dawn light, this morning, to explore some more…

… the whole sim is actually a showcase for a building system…

… one that gives you builds with this level of phenomenal depth to the landscape…

… I absolutely love it…

… such a rich little world-in-a-bubble, a world from a fantasy novel, hidden in a pocket of time and matter, somewhere in matter and time…

… you know you’ve been here before, long ago, you just can’t remember how far ago in time that was…

… the centuries blur together, turn to dust, and blow away, down the corridor of dimensions…

… yet you are always here…

… waiting…

… with the foxes.

La Vallée

I visited La Vallée, today. This is a very pretty build…

… with tons of beautiful settings…

… in which to take gorgeous pictures…

… the sense of scale here is fabulous…

… providing plenty of deep vistas…

… I went with the ‘shared’ environment lighting…

… which gave me these wonderful Kodachrome images…

… this is a destination well worth visiting…

… enough to make any photographer smile (:

Insilico Revitalised

I must have missed the memo that said Insilico was being remodelled, but, there you are, I did. I recently blogged about Insilico Mars, which I only recently discovered, despite being extremely familiar with Insilico, having hung out there, regularly, for years. I have to admit to not having been there for, at least, seven months, because it never changed. It was cool, but always the same, for a long time. Suddenly, when you TP there, you arrive in this very cool ‘Welcome Centre’, which simply didn’t exist, a year ago…

… from there, you can TP to various stunning locals that also, I’m pretty sure, didn’t exist a year ago. A year ago, once you got out of the central arrival area, with it’s shopping area, things got dull, pretty quickly. That isn’t the case, now…

… there are all kinds of gorgeous locations, now, I simply do not remember seeing/being able to access, a year ago…

… it was nice to eventually find the old shopping district…

… complete with this laser that follows you across what used to be the arrival floor. This laser has always intrigued me, the fact that it obviously recognises avatars, and targets them in real time, as they move, is, for me, such a step above the usual SL physics, as to be almost astonishingly impressive.

Focus

I visited the Focus installation, this morning…

… I can’t believe this amazing work has been running for 8 months and I’ve only just found it…

… It’s possible I saw it mentioned somewhere and didn’t register it, because I’m not a huge fan of these 3D extravaganza-type builds. I usually find them needlessly confusing and, invariably, blandly repetitive…

… this is absolutely NOT the case, here. The level of gorgeous complexity here is astounding…

… and the colours are really beautiful…

… I cannot conceive how one would go about creating something this huge and complex, without it being just a chaotic nightmare…

… but this is clearly a highly structured creation…

… the stunning sum of all it’s intricate, varied parts…

… I found it never feels cluttered, or overwhelming, but always feels visually rich…

… and spatially stunning…

… there are various walkways to follow…

… but it’s not too hard to fall off them, and wind up having to fly around, exploring. You can also actually get stuck on the lower level, hitting invisible ceilings when you try to fly up, but it’s not too hard to find a way up, again…

… there’s just too much to absorb, in a single visit, although taking 247 photos certainly provided me with the material to review what I’d seen, at my leisure. D B Bailey told me he is always tinkering with it, so I’m sure coming back would be rewarded with new wonders to see…

… the visual richness, here, is magnificent…

… and I’m very glad I finally made it here (:

Omni Random

I visited Omni Random, today…

… the place is marketed as being all about music/dj stuff…

… but it’s very pleasing visually. The ‘shared environment’ is a night-time one, but I preferred ‘midday’, as you can actually see better detail, and all the neon still looks nice…

… with ‘midday’ lighting, the place has a lovely, predominantly blue palette, which is very soothing…

… the organic landscape is dominated by a series of catwalks that will take you progressively higher, till you get to the dj/lighting booth in the huge disk overhead…

… there are several of these super-cute squirrels about, I’ve never seen these critters in SL, before. Instead of walking, they move by bouncing along, but their legs stay straight and stiff, it’s very comical, and quite sweet…

… there are cyber-cows, too, yet another critter I’ve not encountered, before…

… it’s a pretty, comic-style sim. You could get some nice pictures, here. And it definitely isn’t crowded, I didn’t see a single other avi the whole time I was here.

New Installation

There is a new installation of my latest eight works in Placebo Gallery

… still pursuing my fascination with imaginary landscapes, this series is called ‘Imagined Landscapes’…

… for me, seeing my work on the wall, on canvas that is over three meters high…

… is extremely rewarding…

… my intention, with these works, is that they draw you in, and you get lost in these strange, ethereal worlds…

… and being able to stand in front of them when they are over three meters high, certainly makes getting lost in them possible…

… these are the worlds I dream of…

… where the surf hisses endlessly on alien shores, and continents are lost in the mist, and everything is possible.

Taste Cove

Yesterday I visited Taste Cove

… there are some wonderfully photogenic areas, here…

… really interesting architecture…

… with rich colours and gorgeous textures…

… and a couple of interesting murals…

… there’s the obligatory lighthouse, but it has a really pretty house behind it…

… sadly, the ever-present lighthouse has not prevented the ubiquitous sunken trawler incident from occurring, more than one of which seems to have happened, here…

… I’d read that there were rentals, here, so I only explored the sea-front area. There are steps that go up to more buildings, but I totally loath being evicted, with a split seconds warning, from sims that are supposed to be visitor friendly (until they suddenly aren’t), so I didn’t explore those areas, though I would have liked to. The whole sea-front area has many pretty scenes for photography…

… and it was nice to see that at least one fishing boat has managed not to hit the rocks (: