Zib Scaggs shoots SL fashion scenes with a difference, and the difference is danger -- dark, dreamy, erotic. (Along with make-up palette-type displays, which still have and edge.) Another breathtaking one below:
My experiment with avatars and race assisted by Mandy Smith last week provoked some interesting and passionate reactions, many from people angrily denying this "proved" widespread racism exists against non-white avatars. As I've said before, an unconscious bias is not necessarily the same thing as racism, especially because everyone, no matter what race, carries our own set of unexamined biases. As I also wrote, the 2 or 3 examples a cited are hardly enough to definitively prove anything.
That's why I'm asking for your help: If you have an active Flickr account, please try this experiment -- and carefully follow these steps below to minimize the possibility of biasing the results.
"飛べない鳥" is a Second Life user on Flickr whose Japanese name roughly translates to "flightless bird" -- but brother, she flies, oh yes she flies. Beautifully shot, composed, and detailed, her images run the gamut between SL fashion pics, traditional Japanese-themed imagery, and here (as below), what might be called Japanese steampunk from videogames that don't exist but you wish they would. Follow her for God's sake.
Moos Hultcrantz created this spectacular virtual cosplay tribute to Breaking Bad that's so obsessively detailed it even comes with a Los Pollos Hermanos sign. And then, of course, there's Walter White/Heisenberg himself, which may bring up a principled uncertainty: There's really a Walter White avatar in Second Life?
Hitsu Ruby must have a powerful PC, because she makes the most of Second Life's dynamic shadow feature to photograph dramatic portraits and interior shots which show the vivid interplay between light and objects. Here's another -- note the interplay of shadow on the back window:
I asked for great SL Flickr feeds to follow, and SL image master Whiskey Monday forwarded some favorites. Above, from the feed of Vespucciano, who excels in hipster male avatar fashion photography. (Work warning/enticement: Contains copious hipster male butt cheeks.)