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The Well

© 2010 Aelin Quan – All rights reserved - Réf. 100313

Under licence by Getty Images (Category Creative #142804999)




I am pretty sure a lot of people, who have heard about Second Life, are still wondering why normal human beings can lose their time in a virtual world. After all, this is not a silly question.


Well, if you ask me, I'll probably answer : "for the visual experience" (an answer which, I hope, will make some sense for photographers and artists). And if you don't ask me - hum, too late, I fear I already answered...


The virtual world is vast, and incredibly varied. You can wander through "natural" landscapes - enchanting forests, tropical islands, etc. -, walk the streets of recreated cities like Krakow or Venice, or fly over breathtakingly fantastic or whimsical, surreal areas.


The difference with the real world is that absolutely everything - every stone, every plant, every leaf - has been built by those we call the builders. We photographers of the virtual world are probably more visible on FlickR, but you must know the real geniuses are behind. I deeply admire those who spend weeks or months designing and creating a small portion of landscape with no other function than being seen / walked upon, and probably doomed to die a lot sooner than our real trees...


Two of these geniuses, coming from Japan and lovers of American culture, decided one day to pay tribute to the mythical Route 66. Using old photographs as well as novels for inspiration, Macolinn McMillan and Renn Luik recreated a portion of the road, a virtual fragment of America, with the road itself of course and its famous "66" sign, a gas station, a church etc. And, above all, a very special, nearly tangible atmosphere.


Along the road, somewhere, is an old well lost in the fields. Here is my shot of this less-known portion of "Mother Road". Thanks in advance for your comments. But if you praise someone, please don't forget to praise the builders who made this shot possible...


Read more about The Mother Road here :


Thanks to dog ma and JoesSistah for the textures. Bird brush from thiselectricheart on deviantART - thank you also !

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Taken on March 4, 2010