Muism Plaza (2008)

Second Life Muism Plaza

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It occurred to me one day when I was editing photographs made in Second Life, that there was a parallel here with real world documentary photography and what I was actually doing was metaverse* documentary photography.

Subsequently while sorting through snapshot .png files I had made on the street outside a Second Life department store, I was reminded of the work of the American street photographer Gary Winogrand. In particular how his style of street photography was now almost impossible in the real world of privacy, paranoia and image exploitation, but in this vitual world it was open to exploration.

* metaverse - a term coined by the author Neal Stephenson in his novel 'Snowcrash' (1992) to describe the succesor to the internet.