MEMBERSHIP: Focus on Danaoriana Or

Our membership feature, Dana Or, is one of our long-time Flickr Mods. She has supported our group tirelessly, and now we get to take some time to support her back!

Angela: Thank you for joining me for this interview, Dana! First of all, you are one of the superstars in our group. You and Linda Hedda particularly have been moderating our “Too Sexy for this Group” Flickr page forever!
When members post a pic, I know many look forward to an award from you!

Okay, first question…

So if you had to choose to be an animal in SL, what animal would it be?

Dana: hmmm… a swan.

Angela: Wow that’s a good answer! Why swan?

Dana: It’s beautiful, it’s pink or white, it’s pure and elegant.

Angela: Perfect! You are a prolific photographer and blogger in SL. What inspired you to begin taking photos in SL and then to begin your beautiful blog?

Dana: Anything inspires me. But when I’m taking a photo, I want to tell a story. At least I try to! It doesn’t always work. I want to show more than the item that I’m blogging. I like to show many faces. And I care about the aesthetics and realism. I hope I’m explaining myself well.

Angela: Yes! Very well. How did you decide to become a blogger?

Dana: I didn’t plan it. I love to take photos. The owner of Entice saw my photos and asked if I would be their blogger. Back then I didn’t have a blog, only Flickr. They said “Okay, don’t open a blog. Be our flickr girl.” Then over time, I started a blog and more and more owners began to ask me to blog for them. Now I have Flickr, my blog and Instagram.

Angela: Wow, so you blog for a bunch of stores now?

Dana: Yes, and I have only one rule: only one post a day. No more then one. That’s why I won’t take more stores if it forces me to post more then one post a day.

Angela: Right! it would end up taking up all your time!

Dana: That is the reason. I don’t have time. One post is fine.

Angela: What other things do you like to do in SL?

Dana: I spend time with friends, and dance and such, but mainly I take photos. And go shopping. 🙂

Angela: Do you ever use models, or do you mostly model for yourself?

Dana: I model for myself. I’m not a pro photographer. I just love to take photos. I still have to learn.

Angela: Well, your photos are beautiful. And you are in Italy, right? Do you find the time difference makes it hard to spend time in SL?

Dana: I’m in Israel.

Angela: Oh! I remembered it was a country that started with an I, so I took a shot!

Dana: We have the same temper as an Italian. 🙂 But I want to tell you about my mentor. I have a mentor who guides me and helps me so much. Everything I know comes from him. Millionaire Reichmann is amazing and has taught me everything I know about photography. Do you know of him?

Angela: I do! How did you two meet?

Dana: By mistake. A long time ago, I posted a photo to one of his groups, and he removed it. So I asked him why. We start to talk, and we became friends. And then he became my mentor. He’s an amazing person and a very good friend. I owe him all my abilities.

Angela: How did you find out about SL in the first place?

Dana: Oh, that’s a story. It was my birthday and I was having a really bad day. I was sad and a friend told me to try SL. She said “come try it for fun,” so the next day I joined and since that day, I’ve been here.

Angela: I’m sorry you were sad but I’m glad you’re here! When you take pictures, do you have a favorite windlight, or a favorite sim to take photos?.

Dana: Yes, but I use the SL viewer, not Firestorm. I like pirate the most. And I do have favorite sims but I love to search for new sims.

Angela: Do you ever use music to inspire your photos?

Dana: I LOVE MUSIC! I am always listening to music!

Angela: What kinds of music?

Dana: Pop. Also Israeli music. Everything. I’m open-minded.

Angela: In Flickr, you are veryy well-known. You have nearly 5000 followers and you are a moderator for “Too Sexy for this Group.” Are there any other groups you moderate?

Dana: Yes. I have a group with Millionaire Reichmann. Our group is 200+ SL Favs.

Angela: Oh yes! I’m always excited when I reach 200 so I can post there.

Dana: Me too. LOL!

Angela: I know people in our group are THRILLED when they get an award from you. Many look forward to an award from you every time they post to Too Sexy for this Group! How do you do it?

Dana: I’m always giving awards. I love to accept and I love to give. When I award I am telling people “I’ve seen your work.” Comments with words are rare from me. In my land, I am a very good writer, and in RL, I’m known as a writer. If my English was better, I could writer for you! I wish I could but I know I can’t.

Angela: We can translate!

Dana: It’s not the same. 😦

Angela: Well, photos are the same in any language.

Dana: Yes. 🙂

Angela: And so are awards! Thank you again so much for joining me today for this interview!

Dana will also be displaying her photography in the FAIR (FOCUS’ Artists in Residence) Gallery throughout the month of December. Please stop by and get to know Dana’s photography better, and if you appreciate her as much as I do, please feel free to
drop her a note!

Visit Dana’s Blog – http://danaori.blogspot.com/

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