Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge!

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Back for a 3rd straight year is the Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge! This event has a combined 5,000Ls prize total and is only for one week! Continue reading for guidelines and entry requirements:

Prizes (Winners will be announced on October 30, 2017 via Flickr messaging and in SL):
1st Place: 2,000L’s & image published on website and in Kultivate Magazine
2nd Place:  1,500L’s & image published on website
3rd Place: 1,000L’s & image published on website
4th Place: 500L’s & image published on website

Entry &  Contest Guidelines:
1. Entry is 100% free
2. To enter, teleport to the Scare Me Silly event (slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/149/136/23)
3. Take a photo of you at the event. Use your imagination (get in costume, show yourself scared silly, or scaring someone else!)
4. Upload your photo to our contest group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/kultivatephotochallenges
5. You are allowed to upload exactly ONE image to the group, so choose your best one
6. Images are reviewed before they show up in the photo pool, so please be patient
7. All images must be moderate or pg/g in rating, no adult images
8. All images must be 100% your intellectual property and taken by you
9. Editing in Photoshop or GIMP is fine
10. You must include the slurl of where you took the image in the Flickr description
11. You have until 1159 pm Flickr time on Friday, October 27, 2017 to enter your image. We will use the time stamps that are provided on Flickr.
12. By submitting an image to our Flickr group, you give us rights to publish the image if you win the contest.
Images that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted from the group.

Judging Criteria:
Your image will be judged on the quality, incorporation of the location, and creativity of the image.

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 10/5/17

Below are the images of the day. Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77:

[Too Good At Goodbyes]
Image by Ali lavarock
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Image by Twain Orfan
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Image by Ornella Batriani
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Image by Holly Portland
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Image by Lunaneska Blackheart

Kultivate Images of the Day-10/2/17

Below are the images of the day for 10/2/17:

Summers Wind_003
Image by Jeff Goodnight
Image by Carisa Franizzi
Lay me down...
Image by Clary Congrejo
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Image by Ramsa Luv

The Brilliance of a fall time sunset ...
Image by Tori Resident

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77

Kultivate Magazine-September 17 Issue is Now Available!

The September 17 issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Avilion, one of Second Life’s longest roleplaying communities. We also have a virtual reality and Sansar update for you, a review of the Deciduous photography sim, coverage of the Art by Nature gallery, a glimpse of how you can have Savile Row male inspired fashions in Second Life, an end of summer photo essay, and coverage of the return of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Click the image below to view the issue.

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 8/25/17

After a long hiatus, the Kultivate Images of the day have returned! Check out these 5 images:

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Image by Wicca Merlin
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Image by Twain Orfan
Ammos Home 2
Image by Cate Vogel
If I do not stick a sword I can not protect you. If I put a sword I can not hug you
Image by Wanted By Your Style
Reaching out
Image by Kit Boyd

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered as our image of the day: http://goo.gl/c5HfuX

Are your Flickr images art?

Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’? – Marcel Duchamp

If everyone isn’t beautiful, then no one is. – Andy Warhol

 

Are your Flickr images art? Are your social media photos and images art?

Recently, I asked a friend of mine to submit some of her Flickr images to an art exhibition in Second Life. To my surprise, she declined because she didn’t think her work was good enough, that it wasn’t art.

Her perspective is not an uncommon. Posting on Flickr, Facebook, Instagram or wherever is one thing, but declaring your work as art… Well, that’s quite another. Whether it’s insecurity, modesty, or you have a too high opinion of what art is, something stops you from declaring your work as art.

This isn’t a phenomena exclusive to the many photographers or graphic artists on the Web. It’s just as much an issue with anyone who hasn’t had their work formally anointed as art, and in some cases, even established artists.

Norman Rockwell throughout his life insisted, “I’m not a fine arts man, I’m an illustrator.” Just as with my friend’s work, some people disagree with Rockwell’s assessment.

So what makes something art? Does it have to be anointed by the amorphous art community? Does it have to be exhibited in a gallery? Do academics have to give it their snooty seal of art quality approval?

If you say it’s art, is it art? If I say it’s art, is it art?

Yes. (Don’t you love short answers? Article’s finished. See ya. Kidding.)

If you say it’s art, it’s art.

From the most mundane snapshot of your cat to the crassest closeup of your genitals, if you proclaim it’s art, it’s art. Who am I to argue?

Art history is filled with examples of artists who insisted their work was art before anyone was ready to accept it as art. It is not our place – no matter what we might think of your work – to tell you whether your work is not art.

Marcel Duchamp was trying to make exactly this point with The Fountain. In 1917, Duchamp anonymously submitted an upside down urinal entitled, The Fountain, as a work of art to the Society of Independent Artists, a society which Duchamp helped found.

[Image: fountain.png, Caption: Replica of the Fountain by Marcel Duchamp]

Duchamp did not reveal he was the creator and the urinal was presented to the board as being from new artist, R. Mutt. The urinal was rejected as art and never formally displayed. The only surviving photograph of it was taken by Alfred Stieglitz.

The Fountain would later be accepted as art and seen as one of the seminal pieces of 20th century art. Hurray for Duchamp.

There are two important things to take away from this story:

  1. The Fountain was rejected and never exhibited.
  2. It was submitted anonymously.

The original Fountain was lost and never exhibited. It never saw the formally saw the inside of an exhibit room of a gallery or museum (It might have been photographed by Stieglitz in his gallery, but it was never exhibited.).

Context does matter. Formally displaying a work in a gallery or museum does have an almost magical transmogrifying effect – what was once a simple painting of a soup can takes on a whole new meaning once it’s hanging in a prominent New York gallery.

If special people say it’s art, it must be art, right?

But this never happened with The Fountain. It never got a gallery show. Except for a few friends of Duchamp’s, who were probably in the know, it was rejected and relegated to the store room.

Duchamp was, of course, challenging the notion of what art is. In particular, by submitting The Fountain anonymously, he was avoiding having the work accepted simply because he had done it. He wanted the work, as challenging as it was, to be accepted as art not because the approval committee said it was art, but because the artist had said it was art.

So if you say it’s art, it’s art.

Duchamp would agree with you.

Note: If you want to learn more about The Fountain, read the Tate Museum article referenced below. The Wikipedia entry is a bit of a hash.

If I say it’s art, it’s art

But what if you don’t think your work is art?

Too bad. If I say it’s art, it’s art.

If I’m a gallery  owner or a museum curator or an art critic, you might be more likely to accept my word on it. A knowledgeable opinion is a little more likely to sway yours. At the least, you’re probably more receptive to them.

But what if I’m nobody with no art background, but your work “feels” like art to me?

Maybe I just like the pretty colors in your photo or something about your work really connects with me. Maybe I think what you’ve presented as a casual snapshot of your dog sleeping has a deeper meaning.

Is my response and opinion valid?

Of course it is. And there’s more proof from art history.

In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg exhibited a series of canvases called the White Paintings. (Follow the link to see the white paintings.) The White Paintings are plain canvases painted entirely white. Rauschenberg intentionally wanted them to look as plain as possible.

Why?

Because he was making one of the most revolutionary points in art history: Every one of us brings our own experiences with us when we view a work, imbuing what we’re seeing with a meaning special to us. Whether its Michelangelo’s David or Rauschenberg’s blank, white paintings, that meaning is personal.

Every one of us, sees a work differently because we are all different.

If I see art in a plain, white canvas or in what you think is just another snapshot of your sleeping dog, then it’s art.

Duchamp once asked, “Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’?” I think he meant the question rhetorically.

Our lives are art. How you document that art is up to you, but what you post to social media and the work you post on Flickr is very much art.

 

Sources:

Norman Rockwell: Artist or Illustrator?,  Abigail Rockwell, American Illustration, http://americanillustration.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/15.08.25_AbigailRockwell.pdf

Fountain, Marcel Duchamp, Tate, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duchamp-fountain-t07573

Marcel Duchamp: The Readymade As Reproduction, https://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/originalcopy/intro05.html

Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and American Photography, Lisa Hostetler, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/stgp/hd_stgp.htm

White Painting [3 panel], Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA, https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/98.308.A-C/essay/white-painting-three-panel/

 

 

 

 

Photofocus | History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda

As photography evolved, one theme remained fairly constant in the public’s opinion: seeing is believing. People generally regarded photographic prints as evidence of truth and reality. Steadily becoming more mobile, photographers tended to photograph scenes of current events wide, because as much visual information as could be jammed into a photo, the better the photo was considered. A tight crop didn’t give the viewer nearly as much information to digest as a wide shot. It was believed there was more truth and accuracy in wider shots than close ups.

However, despite advances in technology, many photos still took multiple seconds to expose. This limited how much a photographer could successfully capture of live events, particularly ones involving lots of moving people such as war photography.

Up until the mid-1800’s war was something romanticized and fantasized about. Unless you had been to war,  you didn’t know what it looked like. Cameras offered a glimpse into what it was like and given the public’s opinion that photos = truth, many officials in power began to realize they had a great PR tool at their disposal. If they financed a photographer’s work, they could pay him to bring back images that support the views they’re trying to perpetuate. In short, photos were (and still are) a stellar part of propaganda machines.

Continue reading “Photofocus | History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda”

Kultivate Anniversary Photo Challenge Winners!

Congrats to Slatan Dryke, winner of the Kultivate Anniversary Photo Challenge! Below are all of our winners:

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First Place Image by Slatan Dryke

Summer Sunset
Second Place Image by Kaijah Chrome
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Third Place Image by Duke Avelino

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and were patient for the winners to be announced and very special thank you to our judges!

Kultivate Magazine’s Second Anniversary Issue is Now Published!

I am pleased to say that our second anniversary issue, is now published and is available for you to read! This issue features artist Bryn Oh, Anouk Lefavre, Stavaros Gracemount, Veruca Tammas, Ilyra Chardin, Inara Pey, Haveit Neox, Kiana Writer, Lanai Jarrico, Marcus Lefavre, Fnordian Link, Heidi Halberstadt, GinPhx, Beatrice Serendipity, Sandi Benelli, Hikaru, Enimo, Caledonia Skytower and over 50 images created by the talented artists of Kultivate Magazine! We hope that you enjoy this issue and we apologize to the lateness of this issue. Due to real life issues, this issue is a few days late but worth the wait!

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 5/8/17 to 6/22/17

Lots of images of the day to catch up with! Below are our images of the day from 5/8/17 to 6/22/17:

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Image by Loco Oppewall
Sea´s Monsters
Image by Kimeu007
Care for a game of chess?
Image by Eva Luciano
Ocho Tango sunset
Image by Isabelle Beerbaum
The Last Forever
Image by PanAeon
Image Anouk Lefavre
Madpea's The Tower
Image Raizan Field
Forever...pour toujours
Image by Chanell Resident
Back in time, in a old town in England...
Image by Sophia
A Distant Rumble
Image by Indii Tolsen
Book Lovers Retreat!
Image by Caliban Jones
Image Paradox Ivory

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77

Day #3 @ Kultivate Magazine’s Anniversary Summer Weekend!

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Today is the last day of our anniversary summer weekend and our lineup is:
12pm to 2pm slt-Bollywood Art Ball (international)
3pm to 4pm slt-Storytelling with The Seanchai Library
4pm to 6pm slt-rave party, Bishbox, & Decocrate giveaway with DJ Paradox

**the exhibition hall, the hunt, and shopping areas are open 24/7**
 slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/138/139/23

Photofocus | Mirrorless Camera Maniac: There’s An App For That

Most mirrorless cameras include wifi and the ability to work with a smartphone app, and most mirrorless photographers I talk to aren’t maximizing that connectivity and the included functions. The cameras themselves create the wifi, so you don’t need to connect to wifi wherever you are. I highly recommend you get used to using your app and let it help you work better. Here are some of the things I do regularly with my Lumix cameras and the Panasonic Image App.

Whether I’m sending pictures I just took of my kids to my wife or sharing pictures I just made with a client, I use this function daily. More and more, people want their pictures immediately and I find that sharing one during the shoot satiates the need for immediacy and gives me more time to finish the rest before sharing. It’s waaaaaay better than taking a phone picture of the back of the camera.

The trick with my camera/app combo is that only JPEGs can be transferred. Fortunately, your camera can create a JPEG from any RAW file you’ve shot, and also allows you to put some finishing touches on the photo. I often use my camera’s RAW processing tool to create a black and white JPEG of a photo and I share that with the client. This both trains my clients to like my black and whites, and it allows me to not be concerned with perfect color correction.

Continue reading “Photofocus | Mirrorless Camera Maniac: There’s An App For That”

Kultivate Magazine – June 2017 Issue Preview!

On June 1, 2017, the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published. This issue will feature 2D and 3D artist Slatan Dryke. Inara Pey has stories on the last exhibition for UWA and an update VR and MR. Veruca Tammas brings a voyage to the La Vie sim. Myra Wildmist comments on the competitive nature of art. We also have several photo essays: Amy Beebe covers Summer art, while Illyra Chardin brings you a secret garden photo series, and Falbala Fairey offers summertime fashions. Rounding out our photo essays is Paradox Messmer with abstract fashion imagery. For our fashion division, The Edge, Eleseren Brianna presents Haute RP Couture, and The Edge stylists present their June 2017 stylings.

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Kultivate Magazine-May 2017 Issue is Now Available!

This issue will feature artist, fashion model, and the Best in Show winner at the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, Sabine Mortenwold. Artist Kody Meyers is also featured, along with The Key’s Live Music Venue owner Liz Harley. Contributor Veruca Tammas discusses copyright and creative commons, Sandi Benelli has a photo essay on trees, Inara Pey has two features on the Butterfly Conservatory and the Edge Stylists present their May 2017 stylings, and Edge Stylist Tiszo Cioc presents a unique photo essay. Click on the cover to view the May 2017 issue:

Kultivate Magazine-May 2017

Saturday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s April Exhibition Opening!

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Join us this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm slt for the formal opening of the Kultivate Select Gallery’s April Exhibition! The Kultivate Select Gallery is a themed gallery and this month’s theme is “Spring is in the Air.” The gallery will feature the following artists:

Sheba Blitz
Eria Ziemia
Timaaj TJ
Isis Desmoulins
Margo Hollak
Solana Python
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Ry Heslop
Kade Sinclair
Methias Kira
Jamee Sandalwood
CalystiaMoonshadow
Eucalyptus Carroll

Live performer Dimi Ludwig will provide the entertainment and the dresscode is formal for this event. We hope to see you at the exhibition!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/18/39/26

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/16/17

As today is Easter, our images of today reflect the bunny in all of us:

.Springtime Visitors.
Image by Adalynne Romano

 

Bunny's
Image by Lana Greenhoo
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Image by Chelsea Chaplynski
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Image by And Angel
[...dreaming with my eyes open]
Image by Stellagraphics
Happy Easter! :D
Image by Scarlet Karsin
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Image by Matthew Thomson

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/2/17 to 4/8/17

Below are our images of the day for 4/2/17 to 4/8/17:

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Image by PanAeon
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Image by Holly Portland
Always look on the bike side of life
Image by AlexMonty SL
Isolation
Image by Sedona Silverpath
No one knows what they can do until they try.
Image by Skippy Beresford
The Last Forever
Image by Ornella Batriani

 

Amhas Wilds - Aly's Fine Art Gallery and Jungle Sim_002
Image by Jeff Goodnight

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/28/17 to 4/1/17

Below are our images of the day for 3/28/17 to 4/1/17:

J & Faye
Image by Alli Lavarock
tea time .... and  ♥ HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF YOU ♥
Image by Flubs
KeyToHisHeart
Image by Ruby Ornamental
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Image by Loco Oppewell

 

Saint Tropez
Image by Sandi Benelli

Today @ the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show!

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It is day #3 at the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show and here are our events today:

4pm slt – Steampunk party with DJ Gabrielle Riel
5pm slt – Art Talk #3: Basic and Intermediate SL Photography tips with Kaijah Chrome

**Both hunts, all galleries, and the photography contest are open 24/7

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/179/138/22

 

Spring Into Art Photo Contest!

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At the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, we will have a special photo contest: The Spring Into Art Photo Contest, where you can win a share of a 3,000L’s prize pot and gift cards! Below are the rules and guidelines:

Prizes:

  1. 1st place- 1500L’s, 1 double page ad in Kultivate Magazine, winning photo will be printed in Kultivate Magazine and on our website & 1 gift card
  2. 2nd place – 1000L’s and photo will be printed on our website
  3. 3rd place – 500L’s and photo will be printed on our website

Continue reading “Spring Into Art Photo Contest!”

Kultivate Magazine’s April 17 Edition is Now Available!

On April 1, 2017 the next edition of Kultivate Magazine will be published (and no it is not an April Fool’s Joke)! This issue will feature artist Giovanna Cerise, the Rosehaven Sim, a preview of the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, The Grand Canyon in Second Life, live performer Melenda Mikael, a discussion of Flickr & art, a cyberpunk photo essay by Wicca Merlin, a photo essay on cityscapes and city streets, The Edge Stylists present their April stylings, and an article to help you produce a fashion show. Click the cover to read the issue:

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