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Know what they call virtual photographer Strawberry Singh in the hallways of Linden Lab in San Francisco, California? It’s not Ms. Singh or Strawberry or even Berry… they simply refer to her as The Legend of The Lab.
If you visit SecondLife.com and you’re “logged in” you’ll go straight to your dashboard. If you’re not logged in you’ll probably see a photo by Berry like the one above. She’s too modest to pimp her own stuff here on iRez, but I was excited to learn that you can get a gift certificate for her services from Second Life Marketplace.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Linden Dollar (L$) you can find the current exchange rate on Twitter @LindenWatch: as I write this, €1 = L$335 and US$1 = L$260, so as you can see, the certificates offer virtual world class photography at painfully modest prices!
Yesterday Ravanel published a powerful set of images of a lightsaber battle she captured in Star Wars The Old Republic. She prefaced her work with “I’m no Berry,” but here they are. I thought the photography was excellent and commented, “if Berry is virtual photography’s Miles Aldridge, then certainly you are its Chris Hondros.”
Being “the virtual Miles Aldridge” is a pretty great thing, and you’d hardly think of that as limiting in any way, still, thinking about Ravanel’s pix, one wonders if Berry couldn’t expand her practice. Indeed doesn’t she owe a gift like hers to the larger MMOiverse? Couldn’t Berry also be the virtual Lynsey Addario or Nan Goldin? Lifeforms on other worlds like WoW, SW-TOR, and so many others need great images too Berry!
On a related note, Ravanel’s currently working on a field trip for us for March, so we may all get to be virtual photojournalists for a day! Stay tuned for details!