Feeding my Addiction in Second Life

Notre Dame Cathedral (moderate)

Leonard Cohen once wrote: There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. (Selected Poems, 1956-1968) I have him on my mind this morning because there’s a new exhibit called Unified Heart 2013. Cohen lyrics interpreted by 21 artists and the works are stunning.

I can’t do anything as well as the images in this blog post↑ – so I’ll just suggest you go there and then inworld to the full show.

Notre Dame Cathedral (moderate)

I chose that particular quote because I could apply it to an addiction I share with many inworld (I can’t be the only one) to play with camera and windlight settings. The fact that we can change the colour of the light, the time of day, the angle of east and atmosphere is totally absorbing.

Sometimes I find builds that I consider “enablers”.

Notre Dame Cathedral (moderate)

The Notre Dame Cathedral↑ currently under construction definitely qualifies. All the windows and lines and shapes and angles – it’s crack for the shadow obsessed (so yes I’m now drawing two meanings out of that quote).

I know I’m not really showing you its size or a good portrait of the work completed so far.

Notre Dame Cathedral (moderate)

I just got so caught up in what you can do here with shadows that I got lost in detail. When I realized I’d spent 15 minutes playing with light inside the bell tower I decided I was having way too much fun and should go back to work.

In case you think Leonard Cohen has no relevance to your life, I’ll leave you with one more quote that applies to everybody. Never make a decision when you need to pee. (Beautiful Losers)

Notre Dame Cathedral (moderate)
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  1. “A sip of wine, a cigarette and then it’s time to go.”

  2. Thank you for this wonderful treat! I have the same addiction to photography in SL. Cohen said it about his verse but the same is true of a shot, “I can work on a verse for a very long time before realizing it’s not any good and then, and only then, can I discard it.”


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