Stories at the Park 2: inspired by Lantana Silverweb

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About Lantana Silverweb

LantanaLantana Is relatively new to the world of art in Second Life, but who is deservedly gaining a reputation for the outstanding images she produces. Describing herself as inspired by the work of other SL artists, Lantana has developed her skill and eye very much through a “learn by doing” process, which has led her into experimentation and a natural approach to her avatar studies. ” I don’t use photo poses but rather have the model use their AO and take the photos as they move around,” she says.

Her entry into SL art came – appropriately enough – as a result of a visit to Nitroglobus Gallery. “I sent some of the better ones to the owner who invited me to put them on their Flickr page. I didn’t know much about Flickr, but when I saw it realised I had somewhere to post my photos so that others could see them.” And from there things grew.

For her work, Lantana focus on the feeling each image evokes in her. “I work on them until I touch the darkness,” she says, before going on to express her preference for avatar studies. “I prefer to make images of people rather than landscapes and do my shoots on location although there have been a few occasions where I have built sets.”

As she gains experience, so she is looking to experiment further, noting she’s working with every more elaborate pieces in an attempt to move away from purely 2D art and more into 3D work, and taking advantage of the physics SL offers.

Stories and Poems

The Safest Place – Caledonia Skytower

Inspired by A Greater Part

A Greater Part by Lantana Silverweb - Art at the Park, May 2016
A Greater Part by Lantana Silverweb – Art at the Park, May 2016

People think it’s the real me. They mistake the stage, the screen for a magnified reality that reflects something genuine. Quite the contrary. Amidst the blinding lights, the roaring crowd, the crafted setting is the best place to hide.

The crew is there to support. The audience is there to view. You know where everyone is, and there’s space in between. Fellow performers? They are your comrades in exile from everything “out there” that makes your soul weep.

Telling tales, spinning fantasies, inciting laughter, seducing tears: the greatest part ever played, just being there. A world apart – it’s safe.

Stranger Song – Kayden Oconnell

Inspired by Stranger Song

he said no more
his will was spent
on dreams unyielding
broken faith
and songs unfit for hope

A Stranger Song by Lantana Silverweb - Art at the Park, May 2016
A Stranger Song by Lantana Silverweb – Art at the Park, May 2016

these bones he said
too close to dust
are stranger now than
opaque sky
and cannot stand this weight

he said this light
it has no heat
no comfort greeting
bitter loss
and eyes that see no break

don’t play he said
the game is done
no wins unpardoned
empty grace
and hearts without a beat

yet
dreams remain
before he sleeps

The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell (after Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno) – Trolley Trollop

Inspired by The Darkness Yielding

“We are lost,” whispered the younger to the elder.

“No, we just don’t know the way yet,” her sister replied.

“Can we go home?”

“That’s where we’re headed.”

“But this doesn’t look anything like where we come from.”

“It isn’t. We can never go back there.”

“But how can we be going home if we have never been there?”

“Hush. We haven’t far to go I don’t think.”

“That’s the problem with you, sister. You think too much.”

“Yes.”

“Hold my hand.”

Hand in hand the two shades made their way through the Valley of Death. They were not afraid.

The Darkness Yielding by Lantana Silverweb - Art at the Park, May 2016
The Darkness Yielding by Lantana Silverweb – Art at the Park, May 2016

The Road – Kayden Oconnell

Inspired by The Road

There may be monsters. You have already met them.

In the unknown there is dark and light. In the light behind you, some voice may urge caution, as you look ahead. But remember, my love, light is not the absence of dark.

There are never only two paths from here to there. Even the brightest one will turn a corner, and the inconsistent light there will flirt with shadows.

Like your eyes, your soul will adjust. And another path, hidden from you before, will offer another decision.

For those you meet on that path, you may be the monster.

The Road by Lantana Silverweb - Art at the Park, May 2016
The Road by Lantana Silverweb – Art at the Park, May 2016
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