Saturday, January 5, 2013

Photospot: Virtual Decay

Photospot on SL Unearthed is a semi-regular feature that highlights a Second Life spot that is a cool place at which to take portrait photos inworld. Not an entire sim, not even a complete parcel, but just a single specific location - a spot - with portrait opportunity.

The Second Life Destination Guide has a large number of categories to help you narrow down a particular point of interest. The categories seem to cover everything from Education to Fantasy, from Cosmic to Duran Duran. Oddly enough, there's no category for general City/Urban, but if there were, today's Photospot in the Virtual Decay sim would be one of the top selections.


The theme here is urban decay in a virtual city, exactly as the name suggests. This is the home of the Virtual Decay mainstore, specializing in urban grunge. You'll find the store easily enough with a look around, although it cleverly blends into the surroundings. (Hint: Check the old warehouse by the hotel.) There are other stores scattered around here, too. Some are thriving on the other side of the neglected exteriors. Many of them are old, worn and abandoned, urban photo opportunities waiting to happen.


The SLurl I'm offering sets you down on a roadway. This spot provides excellent views in all directions. Just when you think you've seen it all, take a little turn and you'll spy something new. And, if you tire of the road, have a little wander. Anywhere you go, there are more richly textured visuals to appreciate. You'll get some excellent portraits here indeed.


Flickr members: you're invited to join the SL Unearthed Photospot group and add your pictures taken at Photospot locations to the group pool.
Take note that very little in SL stays the same for very long. After even a short while, Photospot locations may be gone or changed in a significant way that renders their SLurls ineffective as originally intended, so be sure to grab these opportunities as they come!

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