When I first heard there is “wind” in Second Life®, and that sailing on the open seas is literally transporting, I couldn’t believe it. Sailing in the real world is not something I get to do often. I don’t own a boat, but do live by harbors where it is fun to watch them go in and out from my bicycle. I sit on the beach and watch the waves, the horizon dotted with tiny white masts. At one time, water was mankind’s super highway.
Virtually, the ocean is still man’s superhighway. The psychological satisfaction of exploring, being out in the sun and wind and waves, and exploring can satisfy, without leaving the comfort of my dining room. Sailing in SL is a great way to reeve stress at the end of the day!
When I combine my love of images, here I can control the scene. I’ve posted my favorite ones here online in my portfolio. My camera can fly around, I can choose the time of day and the lighting. What I can’t choose is direction. There is east, west, north, and south designated virtually. The sun behaves predictably.
The metaphor of a boat is as old as the first boat, and thus represents low-tech transportation in a high tech world. Boats are often chosen as modes of transportation to the afterlife, such as the Egyptians burying them under tombs. The boat virtually is as useful as in real life, within its context. It is not something I could have predicted I would love to do and capture visually. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did in creating them.
—Always inspired, Liane
Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
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