The Last Twilight Gallery Opening

When I was a young kid my father handed me a camera one day and told me how to use it.  Within that little metal box, between its glass and rings, I found a meaning, an expression of who I was.

I found I always saw the world in a different way, I could look at something and feel a reaction.  Deep down inside of me my soul would ring a tone, whether it be dark or bright, it rang, and I wanted to sing it.  But I would look at the person next to me and search their face for the ring I felt, and I didn’t see it.  It was in that camera I found the way, a method, a medium to bring my ring to life.  So when I looked at the faces of people who saw my photographs I felt the chords of a melody striking; different reactions, different feelings, but all of their soul’s where ringing.

When I came to Second Life and found my way into its art community and I found myself on the doorstep of many galleries.  I walked around them, dazed and amazed, everywhere I looked I was ringing in such a pure and honest way.  What I saw was amazing, I saw art at its purest form: an expression of a soul.  I felt like a little child walking around a famous art gallery being amazed at what he saw, wanting to leap for joy, because his soul and mind had been opened up like never before.

So I did; I leapt for joy and ran out wanting to spread this feeling to as many people as I could find.  I wanted to create a place where people could walk around and ring.  I wanted them to travel the depths of their souls in the art of another.  I wanted them to remember themselves and who they were.  Fifty-two artists, one thousand and forty pieces of art, I might have accomplished that, but I will never know.  It is a personal journey everyone must take.  Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I believe this thing called art is an incredibly powerful thing.  So with the last month of Twilight Gallery I hope you will all come back for a final journey into yourselves, and I hope your soul will ring, so I can look at all of your faces and see a beautiful melody.

Come January 1st Twilight Gallery will be closed due to the Open Sim Price Increase.

Join us December 13th at 1pm SLT for the final time to see 6 more artists and also original artwork from the artists that have shown at the gallery before.

Yan Etzel will be playing his beautiful music from 1pm SLT to 3pm SLT.  Then we continue to celebrate with DJ Summer from 3pm SLT to 5pm SLT.

Thank you to everyone that has shown,
Thank you to everyone that has come,
Thank you to everyone that has believed,
Thank you to everyone that has felt.

2 Cents

The issue at hand of late is of course the Open Sim problem.  Now I know everyone is sick and tired of hearing about this issue, well I promise to take this read a bit further then that.  In fact I plan to take this read into some ideas and beliefs I’ve had about this place called SL and the art we find in it.  I’m not one to usually expound upon my ideas, especially ones I hold dear to my heart as I participate in this art, but I felt it was time to give my two cents about it and hope it might make someone stop and think.

I’m not happy about Linden Labs decision with the Open Sims.  Who is?  But you see its what I choose to do with that “unhappiness” that is defining how I’m handling the situation.  I have an OS (Open Space Sim) and on it is my dream.  A place that holds over 120 pieces of art each month from 6 different artist.  I’ve been in SL for over a year now, and that gallery, that place, was in some aspects the apex of my career here, more on that later.

So yes, you could say Linden Labs is destroying something I hold dear, and well… they are.  But I’m not going to start yelling about it, I’m not going to start getting angry over it, because I just don’t see the point.  Linden Labs is a business, and they make business choices, I can’t change that so I’ll deal with it.  But amongst this distress over the issue has arisen concern and anger because this will cause a great effect on the art world in second life.  Countless galleries, exhibits, and creative residences are on Open Space Sims.  What will happen to these?  I don’t know for certain.  I can tell you right now that I can’t keep Twilight, so that is one gone.

The anger and disgust I see over LL decision and the fear of art disappearing has brought me to think back on the very idea of art in Second Life and the way I have come to understand it and respect it, and it is through this thinking I have my hope for the future.  It is in these believes I find peace that everything is going to be okay.  Let me share them with you:

I’ve encountered a lot of photographers in Second Life and I call every one of them artists.  Now when I say this the usual response back is, “I’m not an artist.”  Okay so to understand my belief on Second Life art, you need to understand why I think everyone is an artist in his or her own right.  Being an artist is not the measure of how well you use Photoshop, a pencil, a camera, or a paintbrush.  Being an artist is measured by the amount of you that you put into your work.  See the creative mind works by influences, from a food to some profound philosophical thought, whatever it may be your mind will interpret it and put it into some medium.  All of you do this!  Whether you know you do or don’t, trust me, you do.

We all see each others work through sites like Flickr and so constantly people are saying they are not as good of an artist as someone who is amazing at Photoshop.  Well sure we all have different technical skill levels, but we are all artists.  It is my personal belief we should never compare work to others, because well, it will just make us depressed.  If I was to take one of my RL black and white photos and put it up to my idol Ansel Adam’s photos and use it as a judge to my skills it should make me want to crumple up my work and never touch a camera again.  But I don’t let it do that.  I am myself, and nobody’s work will change what I do.

Okay so we are all artists, we all take inspirations and funnel them through ourselves into a medium like SL photography, this then brings me to the very nature of SL photography.  For all intent and purposes lets just go off the theory you can do ANYTHING in Second Life.  You almost can, but for the sake of this example just believe you can do anything.  The number one big problem I have with RL photography is I could think up so amazing photo but the question is do I have the gear to do that, do I have the location, the money, the lens, the lights.  There are just so many constraints on making that idea, that thought, a reality.  In Second Life that doesn’t exist.  You or I can think up the craziest idea in the world and you can make it through in world techniques and Photoshop.  This by far creates the most amazing environment I’ve ever seen.

I can go on Flickr and see the work of many artists, and every time I look at a photo I know I’m looking into that persons mind, their soul, their life experiences.  They can be sad, they can be happy, they can see someone get killed, and they can get those feelings out so easily in Second Life.  That doesn’t happen in RL, it’s just not possible unless you’re rich and a famous artist.  But here, here in Second Life, I see the world through so many different eyes, minds, hearts, and souls and it amazes me.  It amazes me everyday and puts my life in perspective.

My friends we have a world, a world unique beyond anything imaginable.  Just think about it, think about what I said.  Walk down the street and you see a homeless guy pushing a cart and it creates a feeling of sorrow in you and in an instant you have image in your head that comes from that feeling, you can go home, create something and show the world what you felt.  That is amazing, that we can see 100’s of new works like that everyday.   That is why I had my dream for a gallery.  I had been in RL art for 7 years already and when I got here, I knew, I just knew I had to show this art, create a place where anyone can walk around and feel those feelings the artist had and maybe changed.

So that is why I don’t get mad, or angry.  Yes my dream will be “destroyed” but the reason I had that dream won’t.  Don’t let this situation with LL cause a bump in amazing artistic community.  I look forward everyday to being amazed and changed by your art, and that’s why I know everything will be okay.  Because your art will still be there to open my mind and my soul to the world around me, to feel what you feel, to understand what you understand.

There is hope, I know I can’t turn of this creative drive in my head, I’m sure you can’t either.  So keep smiling, keep plodding on, and keep making art… you artists :).

-Bel

New Twilight Gallery Sim opens at 1pm slt August 9th

Come HERE! (but only after 1pm SLT TOMORROW!!!!)

To see

Cicciuzzo Gausman
Kimico Jewell
Michael119de Allen
Nigel Riel
Nyla Rossini
Stephen Venkman

It’s Almost Over…

The Koinup Contest is almost over!!!

I would like you all to take part in the contest we are hosting on Koinup. Visit here for the full details.

Basically it’s a contest about interpreting and presenting the many different lifestyles in our digital realm.

There will be 7 winners. ONE jury winner and SIX community winners.

You have from July 8th till July 18th to get your photos submitted to Koinup (make sure you follow the guidelines for submitting here).

What do you win? If you are selected as the Jury Winner you get an article written about you in the November issue of Twilight Magazine (the magazine has now switched to quarterly issues for now) and an exhibit at the August 9th opening of Twilight Gallery. This opening will be exceptionally big as Twilight will be on a new open spaced sim just for us :D. If you are selected as a community winner your photo will be placed in Twilight Magazine and Twilight Galleries main hall for the August 9th opening.

Hope you will all submit! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks to Koinup for asking us to do this contest and thanks to Ryker Beck for doing the posters!

Announcing a Koinup Contest by Twilight!

I would like you all to take part in the contest we are hosting on Koinup. Visit here for the full details.

Basically it’s a contest about interpreting and presenting the many different lifestyles in our digital realm.

There will be 7 winners.  ONE jury winner and SIX community winners.

You have from July 8th till July 18th to get your photos submitted to Koinup (make sure you follow the guidelines for submitting here).

What do you win?  If you are selected as the Jury Winner you get an article written about you in the November issue of Twilight Magazine (the magazine has now switched to quarterly issues for now) and an exhibit at the August 9th opening of Twilight Gallery.  This opening will be exceptionally big as Twilight will be on a new open spaced sim just for us :D.  If you are selected as a community winner your photo will be placed in Twilight Magazine and Twilight Galleries main hall for the August 9th opening.

Hope you will all submit!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks to Koinup for asking us to do this contest and thanks to Ryker Beck for doing the posters!

RSS!

What is RSS? What does it do? How do I take advantage of it? What can it do for me?

Questions… questions… questions… All that I plan to answer!

Lets start with a basic definition of RSS…. (turns to Wikipedia)

RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a “feed” or “web feed”[3] or “channel”) contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.[3]

The initials “RSS” are used to refer to the following formats: Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0), RDF Site Summary (RSS 1.0 and RSS 0.90), Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91).

Make sense? Excellent! Moving on…

Okay just kidding :). Basically RSS is a simplified version of a part of a website that has updates to it. So a flickr page has one, a blog defiantly has one, and other random places on websites. How do you know what websites have them? They have these symbols.

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The tiny little “RSS” in the end of the web page address box (circled in Red)… and…

Or a text and hyper link in the blog or web page.

Basically when a part of a page is update, or new content is added, complicated scripts turn it into a simple text and image page that can be added to RSS readers.

What is an RSS reader? This program lets you subscribe to a RSS feeds and they get put into your reader and all the updates to the web page appears in one window. There are quite a few RSS readers. Here are some of the most popular (SCROLL DOWN to see my suggestion if you don’t want to bother with them all).

Bloglines
Free, web-based news aggregator that makes it easy to keep up with your favorite blogs and RSS newsfeeds.
http://www.bloglines.com
Feedreader
Windows application that reads and displays RSS newsfeeds based on XML.
http://www.feedreader.com
FeedBurner
Advanced feed management technology that helps bloggers, podcasters, and commercial publishers get more value from the content they create.
http://www.feedburner.com
SharpReader
RSS aggregator for the .NET framework.
http://www.sharpreader.net
NewsGator
RSS news aggregator that runs in Microsoft Outlook.
http://www.newsgator.com
Radio UserLand
Blog tool that builds a site, organizes and archives posts, and publishes content.
radio.userland.com
NewzCrawler
Web news reader and browser which provides access to news content from different sources.
http://www.newzcrawler.com
Pluck
Offers an Internet Explorer add-on which integrates a bookmark manager, web sharing, RSS reader, and search.
http://www.pluck.com
Awasu
Free Windows RSS news-reader.
http://www.awasu.com
Google Reader
Customizable aggregator for feeds from news sites, blogs, and other sites with a sharing facility.
reader.google.com
RSS Bandit
An RSS/Atom aggregator for desktops written with the .NET Framework.
http://www.rssbandit.org
PubSub
Allows you to subscribe to queries that are then matched against newly published information from sources such as blogs, newsgroups, and SEC filings.
http://www.pubsub.com
Rojo Networks
Discover, organize, and share the wide range of dynamic RSS content on the Internet.
http://www.rojo.com
All Headline News
Continuously updated news and headline links from thousands of news sources. Also offers RSS feeds.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com
BlogBurst
Syndication service that places your blog content on top-tier online destinations to broaden reach, increase page views, and gain visibility.
http://www.blogburst.com
edgeio
Collects and organizes classified listings published on other RSS enabled web sites or directly onto edgeio. Browse or use keyword search to find and access the RSS feed you’re looking for, or to upload your own RSS feed.
http://www.edgeio.com
Share Your OPML
A commons for sharing outlines, feeds, and taxonomy.
share.opml.org
AmphetaDesk
Cross platform, open-sourced, syndicated news aggregator.
http://www.disobey.com/amphetadesk
RMail
Subscription service that lets you watch an RSS subscription via email.
http://www.r-mail.orgNewsburst
RSS aggregator from CNET.
http://www.newsburst.com

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My Suggestion! Google Reader! Now it is the only program I’ve used for RSS feeds so I’m biased and inexperienced in the others… BUT its amazing and I love it! So I’ll use Google Reader to show you some screenshots and hopefully explain in a more example basis, how to use RSS feeds.
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This is the overview window of google reader. When you subscribe to a reader (more on that later) you can create folders to subdivde your feeds. It shows you in numbers how many items there are in the feeds.
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One of the main things I use Google Reader for is Flickr Photos. All of the contacts I wish to watch I have put their RSS pages in Google Reader. So when anyone uploads a photo it shows up in my reader. I get around 150 to 200 flickr photos that show up in my reader everyday. And yes… I go through them all :).
I also have a various of other things I use Google Reader for… SL blogs, RL photo blogs, Technology news, and ebay. Yep when you type in a ebay item there is a RSS buttom in the web bar, click on that, subscribe to it, and whenever there is a new item added under your search description it shows up in your RSS reader.
NOW! How do you get this awesome thing! Go to http://www.google.com/reader and signup for a google account. When you first log in you will see options in the very top left of the bar.
Click on the Reader link and it will take you too Google Reader. Now that you are logged in open a new tab in your browser or a new window which ever you prefer. Go to a blog or flickr and locate the RSS link in either the webpage bar or on the actual webpage.
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Click on either and it will take you to a page that looks like this…
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Click the “add to google reader” and it will take you to google reader and a new hyperlink to the RSS feed will appear in the blue lower menu box that looks like this…
You can then drag any of the blue links around to get them in an order you like.
And thats… pretty much it. I hope you understand what it is and how to go about setting it up. If you have any questions you can IM me inworld (belmakor pintens), email me belmakorpintens@gmail.com, or comment here :).
Hope you found this useful!

Every Photographer’s Wet Dream!!!

Ryker and I where wandering around Japanese sims and came across the most amazing collection of free items. YES FREE! 187 free items! Thats counting some of the store and warehouse builds as one!

Now before you start shrugging me off because we all know that most of the freebie stuff around sucks. Let me post some pictures for you… then you can decide for yourself.

Pictured above – Full outdoor swing set, fountain, hobo desk, telephone, antique camera, hobo shower, hobo beds.

These are just a couple of the arcades. There are actually 23 different arcade games!

Pictured above – miniature ship, fire hydrant, rocking chair, shopping cart, canon, hobo fridge, hobo stove, ant farm, filling cabinet.

Pictured above – ONE of the massive stores you can actually walk into!

Pictured above – trailer, statue, various trash disposal units.

Pictured above – One of the most impressive things! A huge crane and loading truck. Look how small I am!

Pictured above – a full hobo diving suit, gravestones, hobo couch, fire in barrel, british telephone box, hobo bookcase, and the coolest billboard ever!

Well I hope you can see now that all of these items are so worth it! This isn’t even half of them. There are complete sewer builds, some awesome little houses. Its worth your time to go get them and unpack them.

Hope you all enjoy them! Find them here! NOTE!  The TP takes you to the fixed landing point!  Walk to the red arrow… you know the drill.


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