I was feeling extremely “summery” today and told myself I would do a normal photo shoot, nothing extraordinary, no shiny outfits or glittery lights, no sassy backgrounds, just me on a beach. Apparently it’s my thing at this point to take photos that are a little “extra” and I suppose my lack of outside editing skill is just pro at this point – or otherwise everyone’s eyes would be struggling.
It’s difficult to tell you all about opinions regarding upcoming Second Life patches, drama or other irrelevant subjects. I’ve always been more of a poet, and it was also how I expressed my opinions, rather than whining for a billion hours and then another two for good measures. I don’t have anything to say. I’ve come to a point in my life where being “online” means I’m checking who else is or doing my required hours at the club I work at. Being online hasn’t been about hanging out or shopping lately, because I’ve no one to do those with. I take pictures alone, and then I log out. I play League of Legends or am preoccupied with the stress of my two newfound hamsters. (I got two baby boys)
So for tonight you will have to do with my summer photo shoot of 2019.
Merry summermas yall.
See you again the next time I feel like doing poetry or photography.
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Talula Shippe is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN (US). Initially involved the performing arts, Talula was waylaid in her pursuits by a physical injury and turned for visual arts for self expression.
About the artist
La boite blanche, stands for the white box. It is a translation of the art gallery I today visited, and partially a soft statement to how beautiful the images I saw there – were. The white box art gallery is a collective room of photos taken by Talula Shippe in Second Life, as well as poetry written by her. Below I will analyze a few pieces of art I saw today, and leave both my comments and other thoughts.
The first image that captured me is the one you see above, a shot she calls ‘The Balcony’ and the girl with a home of her own. The petals of flowers, of songless birds, flying through the air – yet the girl looks sad, tears on her cheeks, as if not everything was fair.
This shot caught my attention for the beautifully set scene for a shot. The way the petals float in the air, and her hair flows in the wind, I can do nothing but appreciate the fact she took the time to make this piece of art happen – to find the correct wind light, the pose, the angle and the props, even the clothes and shadows seem correctly placed. It’s always a mystery to see this type of visual art presented by others, when one can only really speculate what was going through the artists mind, however I’d like to believe this photo shows a certain longing and sadness along with beauty that has been left behind. Or maybe she just has allergies?
Now accompanied by feathers, soft and light, she gazes into the distance, with hope and might. That perhaps one day – her love will arrive, from the shores far away into the land far and wide.
‘A blustery day’ beautifully captures the innocence of a young girl in what I associate as Paris. Her well made braids and cute pink clothes. Her naive youth gives a flare to the image that my little negative side wants to point out, but will not. Her outfit is greatly thought out and the faint rain shows in the background, mixing with the windy day.
And with the love gathers magic, the most powerful spell, perhaps none know her – perhaps she knows that well.
This piece came with a poem of its own, and as beautiful as it is, I will include it down below my text. However before that I must make it clear – this is my FAVOURITE photo in the entire gallery. The colours, the position, the way she was able to capture shadows and movement of hair and body along with the magic side of the girls wand and the glitter, Lumos has definitely captured with its drop dead gorgeous way of being.
My visit to the White Box Art Gallery was over an hour long, and as I analyzed many photos and pondered which ones to choose for my blog I even brought a friend over to tell me their opinions. I have always appreciated poetry and well thought out art, and with this art gallery highlight I hope you would find yourself a place to visit on a boring day.
For more beautiful art, please, go take a loot at Talula’s work, and tip her for how amazing it is.
A gentle voice woke you up, followed by a small metal hush of your curtains opening, yet no light flowing in. Much like the mornings before, your world had changed drastically upon the metal giant stepping into power – and even though it was your responsibility to lift up the sun each morning and drag it down in the evening, their attempt to control you by cutting your wings had made it tedious, and now the most comfortable and safe place for you was that soft corner of your bed that no one could see from the rest of your apartment. It was a big change from a castle.
“Dear, what colour was the sky?” You hummed, blinking a few times as the dust fell down before your eyes. You hadn’t cleaned in a while either – what was the point anyway – with factories surrounding you.
“Blue, mother.” Such sadness in their voice, their shadow sunk back into your walls along with them, and with the silence falling back upon you, the fairies songs were now just cries for your help.
Do you remember
the sky falls
if you don't
you have to
the wildflowers have turned grey
the birds no longer sing
water has become poison
you must remember
key to recovery
- Ailith 3/6/2019
The small piece above is called “Remember” and it is inspired by the sadness of our world – forgetting what enables our lives – the nature. The thoughts came to my head when I redecorated our family parcel on Second Life, and the scenery changed from a nature surrounded cabin to two modern houses with very little nature anymore. It sort of saddened me, although pictures below – I do love the new houses.
Please pray the winds for fresh air
for I am poison
are you aware?
life's not an option
witness my ascension
Apart from all the things that have happened, my flight through the colorful palette of pastels has continued, and with the updated avatars, my muses for poetry have been found – yet this time, within myself. I’ve grown to be able to write my poetry. Above of course a piece I wrote today!
Your desire insatiable
my wallet bottomless
some call me the devil
who can blame them?
In 2017 I met a dog called Avery on second life. He was playful, cute and overall adorable. The same year I became his owner.
Then I was gone for a year.
My wings will stay wrapped around you.
As bad as it feels to say that, we all take breaks from Second Life. I only recently came back, and with my empty friends list, only a selected few I allowed to stay there while I was gone. Avery was one of them. Now he is known as Aven – a name I chose him, for that matter.
Today I messaged him when I saw him pop online and, to my surprise, he was up for hanging out. After an exchange in what was going on, my eyes landed on the NS controller on his back. He’s an android too?! Ohmygaaaawd!
“Who owns you?! No one?! Mind if I just claim you for myself again kthx!” He just laughed and handed me the controls again. From this day forward you shall have me until we mutually decide it no longer.
It feels good to have him back.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
And from this day forth, you shall have me, Aven, until we mutually decide it no longer.
For reasons this post is not going up on the day of writing. Sawwy!
(This post is a repost from our old page over in blog-spot!)
What am I wearing? Violent Seduction – Akali Hair (Prestige Cap) 1 Violent Seduction – Akali Mask (Prestige) Violent Seduction – Akali Pants (Black Latex) Violent Seduction – Akali Top (Purple) krankhaus – Maitreya/V-Tech – K-Pop Jacket Ri.cielli – SASHA High Heels [Black] Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara LAQ Bento Head – Leia
About the outfit The K/DA Akali outfit is based on a videogame character called Akali from League of Legends
She is one of my favourites. This outfit is a tribute to her recent skin “K/DA”. A music video was released with Akali and 3 other girls who got matching skins- as a League fan I of course wanted to look like them.
VIOLENT SEDUCTION The painfully expensive – but worth it – Gacha shopping trip to the marketplace. The difficulty level of finding their items in the right colours was quite a job indeed, but with everything I have from them in this outfit, I’m very pleased about it as a finished look. The whole outfit is fairly low complexity and the mask is scripted to animate to the known K/DA look when you type. All in all, the auto-alpha in the pants is slightly “off” because if you look straight down at your butt, some of the alpha hides something the pants don’t. I also didn’t go for their jacket due to it being so difficult to obtain as all the items are gachas and either ridiculously expensive, compromises had to be made. I hope in the future I can buy some more VS items, perhaps for a bit cheaper. It’s understandable that with gachas the marketplace prices are high due to them being sold by individual users though.
THE SKIN MOD Oh yes, skin mods, the bane of every fucking outfit on Second Life. This particular skin was made by ::Ｌｏｃｋｅｄ:: (senumiko), under the name Illusion of Proxy. The skin-mod applied well to both my body and head and the only problem I had was personally the whiteness of her hands. Overall it works to the original Akali concept and is high quality in way where you can look at it without cringing even without using filters.
Hah! A hilarious start. I’m not sure if any of you have seen the netflix original “Love death and robots” but it is quite fantastically animated futuristic short-film collection.
Introduction to Ailith
As the founding author for this blog, I think it’s somewhat fit to introduce myself! My name is Ailith, and I write thingies and snap photos of other thingies.
Read below to get to know me!
Me me me!!!
I’ve been roaming Second Life for over 2 years now. My interests on the platform are photography, avatar creation, meeting people and roaming through hunts and group gifties! I’ve a massive need to keep my inventory organized, and I take too many photos per session.
In real life, I love kitties, tea and writing stories and poems! Also singing. And I love my friends ;-;
I’ve always been a motherly person, and even to those who don’t know me I try to poke my care at them. Be it by reminding them to drink, or by telling them to go to sleep early – I do care!
As our social media manager, author, photographer and founder, I will do my best in keeping my co-authors well, and the health of our growing community at its best!
Psst…. I can also be spotted in-world on Second Life, or hired for my honestly honest honesty-reviews. (Don’t question it.)
I specialize in character photography, and I’ve grown a very sharp eye to what matches in colours, outfits and different meshes. My work has tremendously improved through the years, and every day I am still learning.
Ih! Still learning to use this software, but come say hi in the comment section, or find me in any of my social media platforms!