It’s time to recycle content again.
2019 has been fairly photography-light for me, with most of my time this year being taken up filming Stömol. That’s not to say I haven’t snapped the occasional pic every now and again, however, and some of them even got a few likes over on Flickr. Here, then, are my top ten most favourited photos of the year.
Published: April 2019. Current views: 2,554. Current favs: 172.
I took this picture at the time of the Notre Dame fire, and at the SL installation of this centuries old cathedral. I’m very fond of old buildings and I was very sad to see this happening, and went into SL to stand in the Paris sim along with many others who were feeling the same way. I have somewhat mixed emotions about this event now. I remain saddened that this piece of the past has now been destroyed, however in the days that followed a huge amount of money was raised for a possible restoration and it was noted by some that this contrasted somewhat starkly with the Grenfell fire two years previously, in which 72 people died.
#2 Where avatars die
Published: July 2019. Current views: 1,840. Current favs: 165.
I took this picture to accompany this poem, inspired by a conversation about absent avatars with my old SL pal, Canary Beck. The pic took all of about five minutes (the poem considerably longer): I dug out an old version of Huck, slumped him against a wall and adjusted his glasses to make them look wonky. The picture and the poem clearly hit a chord with many SL residents, however, and it’s become my fourth most favourited pic of all time. It still gets favs every now again – some six months after I published it – so by this time next year it might well be higher than that.
#3 It doesn’t look like the picture on Trip Advisor
Published: May 2019. Current views: 1,960. Current favs: 152.
This was a fun pic I took with my friend, Elemiah Choche. We took a follow-up photo at the same run-down motel a couple of days later.
#4 hand-poured coffee
Published: February 2019. Current views: 2,294. Current favs: 143.
This was a lucky snapshot taken of Paradox Ivory and Randonee Noel at Paradox’s Tokyo sim. I thought the sign on the wall declaring ‘hand-poured coffee’ to be pretty funny (is that *really* something to get excited over?) and decided to take a pic. It wasn’t until later that I realised my fiddling with the picture composition had resulted in the sign in question being obscured (you can just about see the ‘coffee’ part). Oh well.
Published: September 2019. Current views: 1,437. Current favs: 141.
An autumn pic taken at Cherishville in September. I saw lots and lots of photos on Flickr taken of this sim, usually with a human subject. I decided to go for something that felt a bit more like a picture postcard.
Published: February 2019. Current views: 1,821. Current favs: 125.
This is a picture of one of my very best friends in SL, Ylva, who was in her natural element at the time DJ-ing at Satyr.
Published: January 2019. Current views: 2,524. Current favs: 117.
I published this picture to go with this poem, which I wrote about grief counselling. I spent a long time on the poem, because it was personally significant for me. The picture I took very quickly and I disliked it almost immediately – but published it anyway because I wanted to get the poem out. I still don’t especially like this picture, but lots of people favourited it anyway.
Published: March 2019. Current views: 1,668. Current favs: 116.
This was taken at Pino (at the lesser-known back entrance) before drama ensued and resulted in the deletion of this beautiful and very old (and very much-loved) SL nightclub. If you haven’t yet discovered it, the current version of Drune features a very faithful tribute to Pino that’s a must-visit.
#9 A new Avatar Dining Club mystery
Published: February 2019. Current views: 2,131. Current favs: 113.
As the title suggests, I took this picture to accompany the publication of a new story in my Avatar Dining Club mystery series, The Missed Appointment (which you can read here). I took this at Satyr (naturally, during another DJ set by Ylva). A few months later, I published a collection of twelve Avatar Dining Club mysteries, which included two stories that can’t be read on the web for free.
Published: November 2019. Current views: 1,258. Current favs: 105.
Taken at Netherwood, this picture of me waiting at a rather neglected station platform represented my very impatient wait to get in to see the new Drune, which has to be my most-anticipated sim opening of the year. It didn’t disappoint, though sadly none of the pictures I subsequently took there made it into my top ten. I did film a lot there for Stömol, however, and a pic I took there did win a prize in the Drune photography contest (streetlife serenade, which you can view here).