Anything that has to do with a road, highway, parking lot – go where your imagination takes you! Dirt roads work too. Please use the dropbox at the FOCUS Gallery to submit your photos. When in doubt, send to Angelathespian. Due date is June 24th. The June 25th Friday voting event at 6pm will have Vinalyn, DJ Donna, and on Saturday at noon we will have Thera D. and DJ Souv.
Linden prizes: 750 1st place, 500 2nd place and 250 3rd place. Good luck!
The June issue of FOCUS Magazine is here! We have lovely articles featuring Rachel Magic and Janjii Rugani. Also, Belen interviews our group member and blogger, Lakaluka. And Siobhin Shippe “photo bombs” Curtis Trevellion! It’s a super issue and I hope you all enjoy it.
Also featured are the winners of the FOCUS Photography Fair challenge winners! If you missed them, you get to see them here!
When I envision a Burlesque show, a grand theater comes to mind in glamourous gold and flirty red, bright with spotlights — but not without a few shadowed corners where the walls whisper and trysts are schemed. The place is filled with beautiful people, some brightly adorned with colorful ostrich feathers, dressed with the intent to entertain and seduce. And last but not least is the talented host on stage, eager to make us laugh, maybe even cry a bit, but definitely to raise the temperature.
In a word, Burlesque is provocative. And no one does it better than Hedy Patrucci.
If you follow live music in Second Life, you’re probably familiar with the name Hedy Patrucci. She is a talented singer in SL who regularly spoils us with her unique voice. Every year, Chant Lyric of Lyric’s Entertainment hosts a Grand Burlesque show that features Hedy Petrucci, her best friend, singing live from The Netherlands. This year, the show date is fast approaching on Sunday, June13th.
These two lovely ladies combine their skills to produce a show unlike any other in Second Life. Hedy, no doubt dressed to impress, will have a few new songs this year, but we can also look forward to her staple Burlesque repertoire like “Welcome to Burlesque” originally sung by Cher. I’ve also heard on good authority that Dr. Long John will be making an appearance!
The show will take place on Sunday, June 13th at 1am and 1pm to accommodate most timezones. And after the show, curious lovers of art should stick around and explore what’s happening at Lyrics. For photogs looking for a fun photo sim, animations abound. Also, there’s a quirky café with a few surprise animations should you be the brave sort, unafraid to click and see! Then there is the Marakin Resort, complete with lobby, bar and chefs hard at work in the kitchen.
There are other music venues on the sim as well, including an intimate blues club where Chant will be hosting the incredible blues singer, JimmyT Dukes this summer. Side note: If you have never heard JimmyT sing, google him and you will be amazed that his kind of talent and warm, fun personality is just an IM away in SL!
So, save the date: Sunday, June 13th. And just like the Perseids, if you miss it this year, you will have to wait an entire year for your next chance. See you there!
Tonight we are having a gallery opening for Rachel Magic. Her beautiful art work will be on exhibit in the main FOCUS Gallery. We will also be featuring Hilaire Beaumont, Bryce Sun, Tweeko Arisen and Lita Menges! Hope to see you there!
Sari (Sanrifa Resident) has been a member of Second Life since 2015 and a Flickr member since 2017. She is a RL artist who has a keen eye for beautiful landscapes, detail and sensuality. More, they show us how Second Life can be – and is – so beautiful!
Seline: How would you describe your style?
Sari: My style is a bit carefree, as I’m still learning with the digital editing process. Sometimes the photo tools of Firestorm are all I used in the beginning photos of my stream. I love trying to achieve detail, play of light and shadows, and it’s fun to try and depict that in a digital way, and I also think the digital art world has vastly improved my RL painting.
Seline: Do you have any favorite sims to visit for your landscapes?
Sari: I love all of Elvira Kytori sims (White Dune Estates), Neva River, Isle of May, Borneo, Bailey’s Norge to name a few.
Seline: From where would you say you draw inspiration?
Sari: I’d have to say mostly from my home as I live in a coastal area in the US. SL has inspired me on quite a few paintings I’ve done in RL also. I love the creativity the builders, creators, and landscapers bring to SL.
Seline: You have been in SL for three years this month. What brought you into SL?
Sari: Tabletop role-play that brought all this about. A close friend started talking about a role-playing community during a friendly get together.
Seline: Aside from photography what are some things you love to do while in-world?
Sari: Well when my guy is on that’s usually where I am. He’s a very close friend from my RP days, and we enjoy our time together. I am a woman… so second to that would be shopping, right?
Seline: And finally, what is one thing you would like readers to take from this about the art you create in SL?
Sari: In art, different things appeal to different people. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. But as most artists hope for, I hope it moves you, or makes you smile, or laugh, as an image that can evoke an emotional response is all any artist can hope for.
I’m so honored to speak with two wonderful and talented photographers, Rachel and Loegan Magic, for this issue of FOCUS Magazine. They are a beautiful and loving couple who inspire each other everyday to achieve such beauty and creativity within their stunning compositions. Rachel and Loegan share their lives, their love, and their artistry with us. And even more, they show us how Second Life can be – and is – so beautiful!
Patrick: Thank you so much, Rachel and Loegan, for inviting Angela and me into your home today! You have created an amazing place to take pictures as well as enjoy your time together! To begin, let’s have some fun, shall we?! Would you rather play with Lincoln Logs OR Legos, and why?
Rachel: Oh my, I’m not too sure what Lincoln Logs are – I’ll have to Google that, but I did LOVE playing with Legos as I always had fun putting things together and playing with all the colors. I guess that isn’t much of a surprise, as I love to create my pictures and build a theme, which is so much fun!
Loegan: Well, I do have a memory about Lincoln Logs: when I was in elementary school, I remember always coming back from recess, and wanting to play with them, but never seemed to get into the room fast enough, and other kids were already building their log houses! But, like Rachel, I too loved building, and in a way, what I do here in SL is a reflection of my love for creating fun, and meaningful scenes.
Patrick: What is your background and a bit about your life experiences that has influenced your artistic expressions?
Rachel: I am from Australia so when the rest of the world is sleeping, I am awake. I have always had an interest in photography and have done some photography courses years ago when I got my first SLR Cannon Camera. It was before everything became digital and it was a great learning experience on how to take RAW images without all the bells and whistles. But I have upgraded to a Nikon now and it’s very much a bells and whistles camera. I am spoiled RL to be able to be near the ocean and also have national parks close by to explore waterfalls and play with shutter speeds. This, I believe, has helped with taking pictures in Second Life when I play with windlight settings, also a big part is patience and waiting for objects to rez.
Loegan: I grew up in the United States – a child of the 70’s. I fell in love with film at an early age. I guess it started with Star Wars and as I grew older I started watching foreign film, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Yasujirō Ozue etc. I got caught up with the visual aspects of it. I am a big David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick fan. You can watch their films with sound off and feel the emotions coming through. I love how in photography, like film, you can use framing, lighting, and composition to convey emotion. Film was my first introduction to this. I later went to school for television and radio production. I am also red/green color blind so I think that has had a huge impact on my photos. It also prevented me from getting into photography in RL. I thought it would hold me back but instead I think it just helped my develop a personal style. I am drawn towards monochrome or muted colors. I didn’t even realize that a lot of my photos had muted colors until it was pointed out to me. If I do a color photo, I usually have Rachel make sure my sky isn’t purple or some unusual color. 🙂
Patrick: What does your work aim to say?
Rachel: Well I take a variety of images, when it comes to my furry friends pictures, they are about fun and putting a smile on peoples faces, I generally just go with the flow and the theme grows. My pictures can be quite busy and involve the viewer looking at the whole picture and spotting little quirks within it. Loegan has been known to log on to a virtual zoo and zero prims left. I am lucky he is a patient man.
Loegan: I usually try to find emotion in what might be overlooked. A simple image, like a coat rack or a parked car – something you might see everyday but I try to pull emotion out of it. Sometimes a simple thing can bring back memories or conjure up emotions. That’s what I am usually going for…not sure I always succeed.
Patrick: Who are you biggest influences?
Rachel: Well, Loegan has been a big influence with my pictures. We collaborate on a daily basis. This involves screen-sharing. We offer each other advice, but also try and let each other’s work speak for itself. Earlier, I was influenced by the encouragement from friends like Jos Loll and DILLIGAF (M8TY). They opened the door to programs like Photoshop – which I am still trying to conquer – and the Anypose System. Also, being part of the Edge Galleries Exhibition for ‘Surreal’ and ‘Monochrome’ photos has also helped me explore other aspects of the creative side of taking pictures. Many thanks to Ladmilla for selecting me for that.
Loegan: Again, the filmmakers I mentioned have influenced me and I am a big fan of painters such as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Van Gogh, and Monet. Of course other SL artists, like Rachel, inspire me everyday with the way they work. Rachel has amazing patience and pays great attention to detail. She has taught me to slow down a bit and pay attention to the details. Collaborating with Rachel has made me a better photographer and, on a personal level, I think it brings another level of closeness. We often share screens when we work and make suggestions to each other. When one watches someone work so often, it is bound to have a strong influence on them. We are pretty much obsessed with SL photography, and discuss it almost all the time!
It’s such a treat to experience a couple who share a passion for life. Rachel and Loegan are such a couple! Both are truly gifted in creativity and artistic design but, more importantly, their love inspires the other to excel into areas where they could never have reached alone.
The saying that March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb” has always seemed a straightforward enough proverb: when March starts, it’s still winter, and by the end of the month spring has begun. As I write this Editor’s Note, March is coming in like a lion in the northeast. We are expecting 18 inches of snow this weekend alone!
The proverb also seems to ring true this month at FOCUS Magazine. The March issue represents a few big experiences for us. Firstly, this issue will feature our first couples interview with Loegan and Rachel Magic. Their interview has a sweet, romantic dynamic that is a pleasure to read. We have also begun our photography classes, which will occur around the 20th of every month, led by Patrick Ireland, our new Managing Editor. Inspiring, incredible changes are afoot for us all! More and more people have been coming together to help with the FOCUS vision of combining art, friendship and celebrating both. Pleases contact me if you’d also like to participate!