FOCUS Learning Center offers an Intro to Black Dragon class!

For details, contact Wren Carling Parker, FOCUS Director. No registration required. Just show up. However…. per below… be sure to download and print out the following information if you are planning to take this class. It’s really detailed and very helpful and it would be best to fully read it *before* the class!

Let’s look at intensity!

Do you find this photograph captivating?  Unforgettable?  Would you see either of the men a week (or a day) after seeing this photo and say, “Oh, you’re the guy in that amazing photograph!” Nope.

So what does this have to do with selfies?  Photography and art need to be intense to get attention in a world awash with images.  It doesn’t take long for viewers’ eyes to pass over one more of thousands of selfies – the successor to the infamous ‘grip and grin.’   If you don’t believe this, ask anyone in SL to tell you about any selfie they’ve seen on Flickr.

“Who was it?  Did you find it interesting?  Why do you think they put it on Flickr?  Did it impact you emotionally?  Have you been thinking about it since you saw it?

There’s a more profound question lurking unspoken: ‘Why upload images at all?’  Who cares?” 

Here’s one answer: Change your viewer forever.   Leave such a soul-shaking impression that it stays engraved in a person’s mind.  Such an image need not be vivid, though it might well be. 

Here’s a great image from the FOCUS Exploratorium of Art (artist: Bamboo Barnes). 

You might not recognize the woman if you ran into her somewhere —  but you’d remember this picture – given one additional requirement.  What?  The viewer! The image is meaningless if the receiver of the image doesn’t really see it. He or she needs to slow down, clear their mind of distractions, and let the eye wander.  What are those plants?  What do they represent?  Why the red ones in the back and the dark ones in the front?  What does that look in her eyes mean?  Is this someone who tells what she knows, or is it the picture of someone who keeps secrets?  If the latter, what kinds of secrets?  And why are those colors so eyecatching?  I can’t stop going back and forth from the gold to the orange to the red and back again!  Why?

Some people are not comfortable asking questions that have no clearcut answers.  However, not all questions have final and definitive answers.  Whatever happened to that girl I dated in college?  Is she doing ok?  Will I grow old?  Why didn’t my mother ever tell me what happened to her and dad before they divorced?  We live in a world of uncertainty.

So why not embrace it, much as we did when we got our first job, married, or bought a house (or decided not to buy a home!)  Taking risks is part of life – and doing so opens the door to all kinds of adventures.

And why not also make your photography and art venturesome trips to strange landscapes?  But if you do, do so boldly!

A massive and stunning art show!

Focus is now hosting the April round of the Unity Art Project, founded by Viktor Saviour. It’s well worth your visit! The exhibition area stands beside the new ‘A Thousand Words‘ Cafe. The April theme for the Unity Art Project is ‘Open the Borders’

This traveling expedition of 29 artists promotes Art in Second Life and moves from gallery to gallery and from sim to sim each month. Each artist displays two pictures, both real-world art and digital pictures taken in Second Life. Artists include Bamboo Barnes. Viktor Saviour, AmandaT Tamatzu, Sisi Biedermann, Mareea Farrasco and Michiel Bechir, just to mention a few. In addition, the project showcases special items from Viktor Saviour, Orpheus Paxlapis, Fantasy Illumination, and Искорка Счастья.

Plan on spending some time seeing this! It is big!

It’s not complicated!

You can get a copy of the current April 2022 issue of FOCUS Magazine inworld direct, subscription, at a kiosk, or from an officer. Oh, and you can bug a friend too, of course.

But did you know that you can share FOCUS Magazine with people outside of our virtual world, too? And did you know you can share back issues too? (If you didn’t know you could do that, now you know!)

Just visit and there they are! Current and back issues. Do you want RL friends to read a magazine? Just send them a link. Easy peasy!

If you didn’t realize you could access every issue of FOCUS Magazine online without logging in, don’t let it bother you. It’s a secret! Only you and me and a few people know it. Shhhhhhh.

P.S. Have you ever thought of sharing a link on your social medium of choice? Yep. I know you did. Heh, heh, heh.

Shall we explore new worlds?

This blog may soon be taking new directions — all related to photography, art, image manipulation, color, composition, and imagination, of course. Beyond that, however, in a spirit of creative innovation, we will soon be adding “musings”, insights, contentious positions, and reflection — all highly dangerous threats to placidity, comfort, and consensus. We hope you’ll stay aboard as we try this. Expect some disasters, failures, crashes, and embarrassments along the way. (What new venture ever happened without these!?)

So put on your seatbelts folks.

Friday’s Photo Contest winners: The focus: ‘The Sun’!

The sun rises over Stonehenge ©

This month’s photo contest winners will be announced during this coming Friday’s festivities, starting at 6 pm SLT, March 25th. The topic: the enormous 4.6 billion-year-old nuclear fusion ball that powers our entire solar system: The Sun. It will be interesting to see how folks interpret, view, mythologize and interpret this mysterious orb!

REMINDER: If you haven’t submitted a photo yet, you can do so anytime today, Wednesday, March 23rd, until 11:59 pm SLT. Hurry!

There will be entertainment! Grace Loudon at 6 pm SLT.

Following Grace, we will have Brenna on stage at 7 pm SLT. (You might remember her appearance during February at the FOCUS Photo Fair.

Come on over and listen, y’all!

Jimmy T49 Dukes will be here Saturday at the FOCUS Quadrangle as part of the live music offered at our 100,000 Linden Photo Competition. Come for the music or come to see over 70 entries that made it past the first cut. Hey, do both! The festivities start at 6 pm SLT but no one will notice if you come on early, you know!

JimmyT49 Dukes’s talents run from guitarist to singer to songwriter. (We have no idea how talented he is at doing BBQ!). Jimmy grew up on Motown R&B and grew to love the blues, though his style includes a strong element of rock, too. He’ll be performing both original songs of his own and cover tunes, mostly on his ol’ home-built electric guitar. Some say he’s been performing for 10 years, but that’s a lie. He’s been doing it since before fire ants came to Alabama! And that’s no bull! Git on over tomorrow and hear him, y’all!

Oh and if you hadn’t heard of the 100,000 Linden Photo Competition, read up now……

Max Kleene returns! Live entertainment this weekend.

All 70 entries are now on display in the FOCUS Quadrangle!

Live entertainers: Maxmillion Kleene, Jack Dryden, and JimmyT Dukes!

Maxmillion Kleene, who streams into SL live from Niagara Falls, Canada will sing a large selection of songs. Rock, pop, alternative solo acoustic tunes? Yes. From old classics (CCR to Johnny Cash) to fun, newer hip stuff (Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Jason Mraz). Max has a big following and when you listen to him, you will know why.

For your listening and dancing pleasure!

On Saturday, March 19th. Starting at 3 pm SLT — or earlier if you want to look around. All 70 entries are up and ready for you to see now on The FOCUS Quadrangle! So look around and then party as our live entertainment cranks up. Dancing is not only permitted; it’s encouraged!

Here’s the overview! Yes, it’s BIG. And now on to the entertainment!
Jack Dryden

Jack Dryden, who lives in Clayworth, England, sings a mix of songs from older country music to pop to folk to “oldies”. Yes, including Waylon Jennings, Buffalo Springfield, Kodaline, and The Lumineers. And a lot of others, too. (Yes, you can ask for Folsom Prison Blues!). Jack is known not only for his love of music and how he connects to audiences but for his wide-ranging knowledge of music! Those who heard him at the recent FOCUS Photo Fair will tell you he’s really, really good! So get ready to listen to a lot of different styles and tempos tomorrow at 3 p.m. when the 100,000 Linden Photo Competition takes off.

Oh, all 70 entries are now up and on easels at FOCUS, so if you’d like to look at them before the show, go for it! Then tomorrow just enjoy the entertainment with scads of other photography and art lovers.

This Saturday at 3 pm SLT!

From 800 entries, the winnowing has begun, and here are the top 10 semi-finalists in seven categories. If you recognize some names, good for you! All 70 entries will be on display this Saturday, March 19th — and of course, there will be music! Join us!

Yes, Jack Dryden and Max Kleen and JimmyT Dukes! All of them!