And I won’t let my insecurities define who I am, I am Not gonna waste my life ’cause I’ve been fucked up ‘Cause it doesn’t matter
Youngblud, ♫God Save Me But Don’t Drown Me Out♫
I can’t believe that it’s been almost 4 months since I last posted a new entry. The holidays came and went and a new year began. In what I had hoped would be a better change, I found that it all stayed the same and my creativity hasn’t been quite where I want it to be. I’ve been considering where the road will take me in 2021 and if I should completely retire from blogging and just take pics for the fun of it or keep doing what I’ve been doing. It is a lot to consider and I still have some time to figure it out.
For now though I’m going to concentrate my energies on the latest round of Pose Fair which is back again with the best pose and prop makers on the grid all housed in one mega event. I’m starting with a creator I am familiar with from past rounds in the form of Beras Poses. I chose to use the Static Sitting pack that will be available starting on March 7th, 2021.
To go along with that I’m wearing two releases from L&B Swear (one new and one that is recent). The SwearTECH EV Force Sneakers you can pick up at the current round of Man Cave and the Remnant Ripped Jeans are available at both the in-world mainstore or the Marketplace.
Waking up from myself
To a life outside this hell
No more lies, no more pain
You can’t fight the war we made
The war we made
Red, ♫The War We Made♫
When I mentioned in my last post that this was the final days of Pose Fair I completely misspoke and want to correct that really quick before I get into anything. The final day for the event is the 28th so there is still plenty of time to get to the event to get those poses for your photography creations before they transfer to their creator’s stores (or get retired as so may possibly). I realized that after I’d posted it and figured I had an opportunity to correct it and here it it is! I have seen a lot of fellow event bloggers making really great posts and even bloggers that I follow on Flickr. Everyone is creating great scenes with the products from Pose Fair.
The pose set that I am using a pose from in this photo is from R.Bento called “Lui”. There are five poses in the set (including mirrors) and are packed into a convenient and easy to use HUD. It makes it a lot easier for those of us who find a location that we cannot put out pose stands at. Major props for anyone who utilizes this type of system. They do come in handy far more than some realize.
I’m also wearing a set of clothing items from the L&B Swear “Sweartech” line which includes the bomber jacket, cap, and mask. These items together remind me a little bit of the video game “Watch Dogs” and could quite possibly be a nod to the game franchise. If so, I can tell you that these products are supremely well made as you can come to expect from Lapointe & Bastchild. There are a lot of options as far as color ways and the jacket has the option for the hood on the sweatshirt to be pulled up or down or even completely removed. How’s that for customization?
But am I alone, am I alright
Am I insane, am I alive
What does it take to
Stop waging war with
All I thought I wanted
All I thought I needed
No, I’m not dead yet
I’m losing myself to the darkness in my head
Getting hard to breathe, everything is caving in
I won’t let it
I keep weighing me down but this isn’t how it ends
I’d regret it
No, I’m not dead yet
Fame On Fire, ♫Not Dead Yet♫
Just a couple more days left for the September round of Pose Fair. I encourage everyone that hasn’t been there for some reason or another to take a look at the multitude of excellent pose creators participating in this event. There are too many good ones that I wouldn’t want to take away from any of them by only listing a few. That would just be discourteous.
In the scene I’ve photographed today I’m using a pose from the “In My Head” set by XTC Poses. It’s a set of sitting poses that for me is great because I tend to want to do more poses where I’m sitting but usually never find the right one and I give up way too easily. This particular set really caught my eye so it all just came down to which pose would win out and be the one I used.
While I’m not much for decor, I found myself really liking the “TimeRoomSet” by Kazza that is available for a really inexpensive price for Happy Weekend. It is also something worth checking out too for anyone who might be looking for some furniture that looks great. There is not much to say about my look other than most of it is comprised of some of my favorites like my hair by Stealthic and my clothing by Cold-Ash. The only other new item besides the pose is the “Seth” skin by Stray Dog which can be found at this month’s TMD (The Men’s Department).
The comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky
But could never parallel the challenge of an acquisition in the
Here and now, here and now
Letters To Cleo, ♫Here And Now♫
One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about blogging is the challenges you can bring about to your creativity. Using both male and female items for my photos and virtual photography is something I enjoy because I can think outside of the box as some people say. Being a gamer who has had eons of experience with so when I saw the releases from Lush Poses at Pose Fair, I decided to see what I could pull together and do it with a twist. It would be so easy for me to do it with my normal every day look but to pull off a female look…now that is a challenge.
“Naughty Gamer Girl” is a pose set that comes with a controller prop and a bean bag prop filled with 8 different poses. I thought they were rather tasteful and they could also be used for seductive type photos if someone wanted to go that direction. There’s a lot of ways that it could be looked at but each pose is professionally made. Lush has been one of my favorites to utilize through Pose Fair over my years involved with the event and I definitely encourage anyone to give their sets at the event a look and then also go take a look around their store in-world.
With that said I believe I’ve inspired myself to go pick up my controller and do some gaming myself. Life imitates art in a sense!
I want to feel a change
I don’t mind if it hurts
You take away the pain
You’re the only thing that’s pure
The Exies, ♫Tired Of You♫
It’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of taking a photograph with guests posing for me so I thought it was time to change that. Thankfully the timing was right that I was able to snag my brother Lucky and his lady, Aria, at their home for what I feel turned out to be a really great photo. Both Lucky and Aria both are photographers as well so for them to do this for me is a big deal.
Lucky for the last few months has been spinning tunes at The Burrow Co. every other Saturdays (his next gig is this weekend on the 12th). Sometimes he’s got themes going and did a memorable tribute to Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) on the 18th of July. I was there in attendance and there were lots of people there for that. Overall it was a great experience. If you enjoy Rock music and sometimes a few surprises thrown in between then you definitely need to go check him out.
Aria when she’s not taking photos is a phenomenal landscaper and decorator. I’ve seen first hand what she is capable of and I cannot express how good of an eye she has for it. Being someone that has very little patience for this type of thing, I respect anyone who devotes their time into creating awe-inspiring lands for her clients.
The couples pose I’ve chosen comes from a fairly new pose pose store called “PosaRosa”. I myself like to show love to some of the new kids on the block when it comes to poses so that with the light shining on them people get to know them better. I feel with the photo I took of Lucky and Aria, it made for a really sweet fall type moment. Those looking for couples poses should take a look at “Support Me!” at the PosaRosa booth at Pose Fair which runs until the 21st of September.
Also be sure to check out Lucky’s blog here and also Aria’s blog here for more great photos and fashions.
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard and the things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead
Bradley Cooper, ♫Maybe It’s Time♫
When it comes to an event like Pose Fair I find that it allows for you to essentially take photos of all sorts of scenarios or find a way to be anything or anyone you want. Whether it be a wizard, a warrior, a gymnast or even in my case for this post: a cowboy. Very rarely have I done shots like this because I’m from the city so I don’t really have the mentality it would take to be a cowboy. It doesn’t mean I dislike them (because I totally think anyone who is a cowboy is alright with me).
CuCa Designs has a great pose set for men for this round and is appropriately called “Going Country”. It comes with the black Stetson hat that you see in the shot along with mirrored versions of each pose. Want to take things a step further? At the booth there is also a backdrop called “Hickory Barn” that you can give your photo an authentic country feel.
Pose Fair just opened a few days ago so if you happen to try to go and the region is full? Don’t give up because a lot of photography treasures await you. There’s plenty of time to get to the event so don’t stress out.
BACKDROP: CuCa Designs – Hickory Barn @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
POSE: CuCa Designs – Gone Country (Male) @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
It’s the end of the summer
It’s the end of it all
Those days are gone its over now were moving on
It’s the end of the summer
But we’ll see it all again
So hold on to this moment till then
It’s the end of the summer
Theory Of A Deadman, ♫End Of The Summer♫
Later today begins a brand new round of Pose Fair. I made mention of it in two of my previous posts to not only get myself even more hyped up about it but also get anyone who checks out this blog out hyped as well. When I did the “A Day Without Poses” post it truly made me realize how fortunate we are to have creators and events like this to help make our photos more meaningful. We’d be stiff as boards and there would be no emotion or feeling that could be attached to them.
Summer is coming to a close soon so I wanted to make sure that I got at least one more beach shot if I could manage it and found the perfect clothing to make it all work. Lapointe & Bastchild has the “Jett” Tank and Board Shorts at the recently opened September round of TMD. There are a lots of combinations and it took me a while to find the right combination but I like how everything turned out.
I’m throwing caution
What’s it gonna be?
Tonight the winds of change are coming over me
If I don’t get out
Out of this town
I just might be the one
Who finally burns it down
The Killers, ♫Caution♫
Pose Fair begins in just over a day and I’m looking really forward to getting into a lot of the great items that this round has to offer. Not only am I featuring the “Breathing Pack Orion” by Beras from the event that begins on the 7th, but I’m also wearing the brand new “Alessio Suit Blazer” by Cold-Ash which has just dropped at the Anthem event that began just a few short days ago. If you already have the trousers of the same name then all you have to do is pick up either the open shirt style or the button up with tie style. If you feel ambitious then go with both because both of them are really sick. I felt like using the open version would go along with what’s going on in the background. Turning up the heat if you will.
Lock&Tuft also shows up in this entry with the new “CHAMPION” hair which can be found right now at The Warehouse event. For anyone that ever wanted a mullet style on the grid now you can get it. Business in the front and party in the back as they say! The style I pulled off for this pic was immensely satisfying. Keep an eye out for more featured items from the September round of Pose Fair.
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling
Listen to reason, season is calling
The September Round of Pose Fair is fast approaching and one of the things that they’ve encouraged us to do is a challenge where we take a photo without the use of a pose and relied on just background and clothing. I can already tell you that without the use of poses or animation overriders, the grid would be an awfully boring place with everyone wandering around aimlessly like robots. So my advice to you is if you happen to run into a pose creator take the time to offer them some kind words and possibly even thank them for what they do.
Without them we’d all just kind of look like goofs. As you can see with my secondary shot below, there’s a lot more going on then because of the appearance of movement. So here’s to you pose creators and animators, you sincerely have my adoration!
A 100 bad days made
A 100 good stories
A 100 good stories make me
Interesting at parties
AJR, ♫100 Bad Days♫
Even after Pose Fair and Skin Fair end (there are only a few days left for each through the end of today) I will still have a lot of material to work with for posts in the foreseeable future. There’s just so much to dive into that it can easily make your head spin. Looking from the viewpoint of a consumer going to these two particular events (or any events really) it makes me think of the gif (or meme) where Fry has a handful of cash and the caption says “Shut up and take my money!” That’s what comes to mind because there are so many wonderful things to explore not just for the bloggers or Second Life photographers but also just every day things (such as building a new look for your avatar).
Boo’d Up has several different pose offerings for Pose Fair but I took a liking to the Aesthete pose pack. It contains five different bento static poses (which this cross-legged one is by far my favorite). Inside the pack there is also single poseballs for each pose if you choose not to use it in your own stand or you have rezz rights to the location you are taking photos at.
I’ve been wearing a lot of short hair styles in pictures lately so I thought it might be time to switch it up. Lock&Tuft released the “Ackerman” hair a while back but I finally found a way to put it to use in a look. This style also comes with a hat (the name of the type escapes me as I’m writing this) which you can wear as part of the hair or solo without the hair if desired. There is a HUD to accompany the hat with 6 different texture styles and the HUD for the hair itself boasts 66 different colors (from solids to hombres).
For my skin I am wearing the Richard skin from Lure. It’s made for CATWA brand heads and is suggested to be worn with Victor for the best look. Bakes On Mesh layers as well as an applier HUD are the ways you can wear this but keep in mind that the body appliers/BOM layers are sold separately. When I first put this on I felt like the face reminded me of someone. Perhaps a video game character at first but then I started to think about it more and thought it reminded me more of the vocalist from Shinedown, Brent Smith. The face has very distinguishing features and has a more mature look which those who are fans of this type will really clamor for it.
It also felt appropriate that I used the Vice X #Adored Sleep Depo Shadows. They give a great example of a tired look which seems fitting for the look of the skin that I have on too. This set of 9 color variants (in two styles) are Bakes On Mesh layers only and optimized for CATWA branded heads. It’s possible that they may work with other BOM capable heads but I haven’t tried them so it would be something to try at your own risk.
When all is going wrong
And you’re scared as hell
Watcha gonna do
Who you gonna tell