"Yes," Ahmad Hosho writes of this image from his Koinup profile, as if already anticipating disbelief from viewers (including me), "it is a Second Life-based photo." Of course much was done after-image, a complex process Ahmad explains in great detail here. He describes this screenshot of an avatar as a self-portrait, and as it turns out, that's true on many levels-- in real life, Ahmad tells me, he lives in Egypt.
"May be first Egyptian/North African in Second Life," he muses. He became a Resident two years ago, but, he says, "I had hard times in 2006 to make people believe I am from Egypt." Instead, they insisted thinking he was European.
"My avatar is Nubian, by the way," he tells me later. "I think Nubian culture is one of most interesting ones out of Egypt." I tell him that I admire how he merged Nubian imagery to steampunk elements in his work.
"Well," Ahmad Hosho corrects me, smiling, "I combine: Nubian, steampunk, cyberpunk, 70s retro stuff with some hip hop."
"Awesome," I say, for how else could one reply.