Avatar Photo-Safari


You will need your digital camera and enough knowledge of the wiki for this blog post to upload the photo you take.

 

Your task will be to take a photo on campus or off it that reminds you of Second Life. The subject matter is up to you, but it would be ideal to capture a person or persons in the image. Your text should explain your thinking process that lead to your taking this photo and it should close with a claim about why the photo reminds you of SL.

 

Here's my sample to assist you.

 

 

Admittedly, the quality of this photo is poor, but when I heard three speakers giving a proclamation from Virginia's Colonial Legislature I had this odd moment of time-travel.  It is the sort of phenomenon that often happens in Second Life.  Here, in Willamsburg in 2007, the three officials were making a proclamation against the Crown and setting the stage for the Revolution as it evolved and eventually broke out in Virginia.  I wanted to get this photo for a number of reasons. The photo contains no modern elements as I framed the shot, so the viewer's focus will fall on the men, or even the simple boxes they use for a "soapbox" speech. There's a SL moment--those ubiquitous boxes that are the first objects most avatars make.  Looking at this photo again makes me realize that Williamsburg goes to great lengths so visitors "blink" and, for a moment, feel that they are living in the 18th Century with the reenactors.  They do that with actors who, in effect, are avatars that represent hisotric persons. I've asked Thomas Jefferson and George Washington questions at Williamsburg, and the illusion of reality was pretty complete, if you discount the tourists around us, clicking their cameras.

 

Strongest claim that I might employ for a paper's focusWilliamsburg goes to great lengths so visitors "blink" and, for a moment, feel that they are living in the 18th Century with the reenactors.  They do that with actors who, in effect, are avatars that represent hisotric persons.