Photographs From The New World: An Inside Look At Second Life

by Art Fag City on November 1, 2006 Events

Let’s face it, this blog is turning into Jen Bekman Gallery love fest. At some point it’s got to stop, but I’ll warn you now, it’s not going to happen until after today. Quite honestly, I don’t feel I have any choice in the matter since James Deavin’s Photographs From The New World, opens tonight, and within the field of photography, it could very well be one of the best exhibitions of the year.

Featuring digital C-prints shot from within Second Life, a 3-D virtual world built and owned by its users, Deavin’s work is not only beautiful, it demonstrates the permeability between the skin of Second Life, and that of the “real world”. You probably don’t have to preach to the residents of system that the rules of photography, much less anything else, remain constant within it, but take a look at the James Deavin’s work above as a photojournalist/art photographer, and that from Photographs From The New World and judge for yourself. There is an undeniable relationship between these bodies of work. The fact that a user can maintain and develop their own aesthetic using the preexisting tools of the system, demonstrates that this work is more than just the documentation of creative crap on the Internet. It captures the hopes, desires and dreams of the residents of Second Life.

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