New Friend

If you know much about me, you’ll know I’m not a social butterfly, and I don’t have many ‘friends’. I recently made a new friend! Her name is Fau, like me, she’s and artist, I actually met her because of the fact Veyot had put one of Fau’s works (which I really liked) next to mine in her ‘car’ exhibition at Xaraz gallery. Fau is 17 years old! One of the oldest avi’s I’ve ever met…

… despite being 17 years old, she had never heard of, or been to, Hangars Liquides! I had to rectify that! I took her to see my wonderful little apartment, there…

… she is very elegant-looking.She reminds me a bit of an elfin Freida Kahlo…

… of course, she was very impressed with Hangars Liquides. We talked for ages, possibly hours, there, till I asked her if she wanted to visit another of my top three SL destinations that she hadn’t ever heard of (she’d at least been to Insilico!)…

… so we zapped to Mopire City, which, of course, also impressed her. I took her to see the gorgeous hedgehog couple who are always sitting happily on the fence by the canal…

… Fau’s friend Stan dropped in. Stan, a 12 year old avi, had also never heard of Mopire City. I am constantly astonished how such an amazing place as this is so unheard of! We all chatted for a while, in the lightly falling snow, till Stan had to go…

… by which time it was dusk. The only thing, in all my years of coming here, I never liked about Mopire City, was the ghastly windlight that has always been here, like midday sun glaring off chrome, but now they have much nicer shared environments, here. This is also the first time I’ve ever seen weather, here… or snow on the ground. I always find previously undiscovered things, here, but this is the first time I’ve found something that is obviously new, it’s nice to see the builder gods have not abandoned their stunning masterpiece…

… we wound up in a cosy restaurant, where we talked for a long time. It was a lovely outing (:

Mopire Snow

It’d been a while since I visited Mopire City, so I decided I needed to do that, today…

… Mopire City, and it’s adjacent builds, is one of my absolute favourite three builds in SL, in case you don’t already know that. Not only is the detail and obvious care taken in it’s construction astonishing…

… but the sheer scale of the place…

… is actually intimidating!…

… and, hanging over it all, like an alien spacecraft…

… is R2, which has to be the coolest retail structure in all of SL!…

… every time I come here, I find something I’ve not seen, before. This time it was snow…

… although I know this isn’t a case of my being unobservant, previously, this is obviously a seasonal touch, as I actually ‘discovered’ this area several months ago, and it was not covered in snow, then.

Car Picture Fun

Today, when I had nothing to do, and nowhere to go, Veyot asked me if I wanted to submit a ‘car picture’ to an upcoming exhibition she was curating for Xaraz Gallery. I scrounged through my inventory, trying to find something suitable… I actually got second place in an ‘autoerotica’ photo competition, several years ago, but, when I pulled that image up, it was just too embarrassing… not because there was nudity in it, because there was none (mine was the only entrant that didn’t contain nudity/near-nudity, or blatant sex, which was why I was very surprised to even get second place)… no, it was embarrassing because it was me, pre-mesh!… so, I thought ‘fuck it, I’ll just shoot something, now’…

… I was feeling pretty playful, so just went with that feeling…

… going for something I don’t normally aim for…

… just silly and dramatic…

… I had a great time!…

… synchronistically, I had just rediscovered this wonderful photo-sim at Ison, so knew exactly where to find a sweet auto to play around (:

Hidden Bunker

I returned to Insilico Mars, today, to continue my exploration of this harsh, beautiful place…

… it’s a good thing I don’t actually breath, because the terraforming is far from complete, here, and the atmosphere is pretty bleak, not to mention toxic…

… but there’s all kinds of wonderful stuff to find here…

… so many compositional possibilities for photography…

… but, even I get sick of the gaseous air, and the abrasive sand storms…

… so it was nice to find a hidden mech bunker, out of the poisonous sandblaster…

… and in to this clinical, temperature controlled environment, which was totally silent, except for the whir of cooling fans, and some quietly muttering computer terminals.

The Red Planet

I visited wonderful Insilico Mars, again, today…

… I love this place! I can spend hours wandering around, searching out stunning imagery. For someone whose human was raised on the awesome art of the likes of Chris Foss and Jim Burns, these backgrounds are like falling back into the scifi book covers the human fell so in love with…

… all that’s really missing is a huge spaceship, hanging in the alien sky…

… but that’s just to make them more like 1970’s scifi cover art, even without spaceships, these backgrounds create marvellous compositions…

… they could still, easily, be book covers, evoking wonderful tales of life on barren worlds…

… where the technology is all that keeps the harsh environment survivable…

… and people dream of lives in sweeter places.

Giger City

I visited Drune: Giger City today, my first 2022 outing, and such a relief to have a non-Christmas-themed destination to visit! This time, Hera is paying fully acknowledged homage to H R Giger. However, the first thing I noticed, on the landing platform, was this wonderful homage (deliberate or not) to Jim Burns, whose organic, insect-like ships fit right in with the feel of Giger City…

… being a homage to Giger’s work, the main themes here are teeth…

… penises…

… and vaginal orifices, often with penises. I’ve said before, I often find the juvenile sexual obsessions in Drune to be gratuitous. However, when you are doing a homage to the steaming, sexually obsessed work of H R Giger, it’s fairly hard to be gratuitous. And, although the human and I find obsession with sexual themes pretty infantile, now, we certainly didn’t, 40-odd years ago, when we first discovered Giger!…

… also, being a Giger homage, most things are green/green-blue, and slimey-looking…

… although all the penises and stuff get old pretty quick, this is still a magnificent reproduction of Giger-like themes…

… and I could just roll around in the marvellous textures!…

… of course, no Giger homage would be complete without a slime-dripping…

… chamber of face-hugger eggs (:

NowheresVille

Out of gas at a deserted, gas-less service station, in the middle of nowhere…

… it’s very hot, and dry, here, and I needed somewhere cool to rest. Luckily, I’d passed through this same valley, about 500 years ago, on the trail of some vampires…

… I remembered tracking them to an ancient, hidden cave system, somewhere over this way…

… my memory was correct, and I was soon in the delicious, damp coolness of this lost place. The vampires, of course, are not here…

… there had been 13 of them, all ancient and powerful. We had fought a ferocious, hand-to-hand battle…

… which was over far sooner than any of them had expected, and, also contrary to their expectations, I was the only survivor. All my battles with the Vampire Nation ended that way, they had never encountered anything like me, and should never have declared war on me…

… by the time they realised that, of course, it was too late for them.

Shot in the wonderful little landscape build at ISON.

Rosehaven Valley

I serendipitously discovered Rosehaven Valley, this morning. Rosehaven is a loving homage to how the deco style of the 20’s and 30’s informed the 50’s in America. The pastel pinks and blues are super-gorgeous. I found this really pretty diner…

… I thought some 1950’s food might be nice, so I went in and sat at a table. I waited patiently to be served…

… I waited and waited, but no one came to serve me. Perhaps American diners, in the 1950’s, didn’t serve people with coloured horns?…

… undeterred, I continued to explore. There are some wonderful interiors, here…

… if you are familiar with the SL creators who make awesome 1950’s stuff, you will see plenty of their work in Rosehaven…

… although it says there are shops here, in ‘search’, I only found replica shops… these are all very sweet reproductions of that imaginary time, when life was pleasant and people were always kind and fair, as long as you were white and middle-class or better…

… my favourite place was this beautiful, fantasy trailer park…

… with it’s absolutely gorgeous 1950’s colours and style…

… and these dream trailer homes…

… with their perfect, dream gardens, where dreamers live in a wonderland that never really existed.