Photographer's CV

It's possible to photograph what isn't there; 
it's just damned difficult"
W. Gibson, The Gernsback Continuum

SL model of my first RL photocamera

Melusina has done more than twenty personal exhibits inworld and has taken part in several collective ones; she has won some awards at inworld photo contests and her Flickr got more than 1,000,00000 views. Her photographs have been even published on inworld and web magazines like Bestyle, Retropolitan, Esselle Movie Magazine, MondiVirtuali, Photography
She has been trainer at Visionaire Institute, for courses about landscape and minimalist photography.

Melusina photographs are mostly landscapes and abstract shapes, minimalist style. She loves b/w, urban landscapes, architectural structures and factories. As a creator of Art Deco furniture, she loves also vintage photography, in the same style as above.

Melu on her style:
"I don't like so much talking about my photos. They are what they are. Adding words to images is a risky matter: they drive the way observers look at images. Images can talk by themselves, and observer makes they do that, according to his/her feelings.
Neither I have special things to say about style and tecnique, but the obvious ones every amateur or professional photographer can tell. I shot what I see, and I give my glance to the observer as a proposal of way of seeing things. Things suggest me something and catch my eye: I like to consider myself as a slave of my subjects. They make me fall in love with a perspective, a color, a shade, a shape. I would like observers fall in love with the images and become slaves of them as well.
Many of my photos tend towards minimalism, that's my main inclination: catching a simple detail from daily life or usual landscapes, enhancing it, making it protagonist of mostly empty scenes. This reveals its meaning or can push the observer to give it her/his own. Minimalism stresses void, space, geometries: you can be confused by that, but you can also been led to meditate about what things are when they are out of the crowd.
Some of my pictures go towards a surreal mood. It's another way to look at the world by an unusual gaze: there's no need to see winged horses or green sunsets to trespass the real: you can feel puzzled even by a line of streetlights in the mist or by a piano set on a streets crossing.
Finally, I take and edit some of my photos in a vintage mood. Second Life makes old times live again and it pushes me to enhance my passion for reflections about past and present, absences and losses, nostalgia, love or hate for the past.
Shadows, clean lines, muted colors are the tools by which I try to express all that. But the main feature of my works is the lack of human beings: usually, you can't see people in my pictures, although they are. Since a virtual world is made by its users, not only objects and buildings, but even nature, landscapes, skyes and clouds are made by them; they express people's bias and souls.
"It's possible to photograph what isn't here. It's only damned difficult" says a photographer in a W. Gibson's story. My aim is to succeed in doing it".

See also:



Melusina shows her photographs at her gallery e-mage (Hotel Chelsea)



a. Solo:
(read some introductions here)

Second Deco
R&D Gallery, Diotima, May 2011

Art Deco in Second Life
Museum of American Architecture and Design, June 2011

Past Future
Schloss Museum, 1920 Berlin, August 2011

Vintage Image -  Details from a glamorous past,
R&D Gallery, Diotima, September 2011
Central City Bank Building Seraph City, November 2011

Galeria Lez Spain, February 2012

Photo Anthology
Galeria de la Morada de la Campanilla, May 2012

Tales of Shadow and Light
R&D Gallery, Diotima, June 2012

preview: e.mage Gallery, Virtual Hotel Chelsea, July 2012
entire collection: Serena Center for Artist and the Art, Sept. 2012

Galerie 17, October 2012

Clockwork Landscapes
preview: e.mage Gallery, Virtual Hotel Chelsea, October 2012

Found in the Attic
The Vintage Vision Gallery - New Toulouse, December 2012

Art Deco
(Photos, furniture and gallery decor)
Art India Gallery, February-March 2013
video by Wizardoz Chrome:

Urban Landscapes
Anita's Artspace - Dryland, from March 6th 2013

Visioni. Foto, oggetti e costruzioni fra passato e presente
Ars Exhibendi - MBI, April 5th-May 4th 2013
video by Wizardoz Chrome:

e-mage gallery, from May 2013

Pixel Factories
Dizzy Art Gallery - Dizzyland, June 2013
Video by Wizardoz Chrome:
Exhibit Slideshow:

Vintage Visions Gallery, July 2013

Selected photos
The Rose Galleries, July-August 2013

Hidden geometries
Tanalois Gallery, September 2013

City details
ImagineNation Gallery, January 2014

City's two faces
Las dos caras de la ciudad
LezSpain Gallery, January 2014

Other Hidden Geometries
Lefevre Mansion, March 2014

Homage to Cinema! by Mary Wickentower
LEA 6 - March 2014

A Taste of Minimal
Art4You Gallery at Viriditas, April 2014

American Signs
Rose Theatre and Art Gallery, April 2014

Red Line Art Space at The Nite's Place - May 2014

Closer Looks
Sala C - Sociedad de los Poetas Dementes (Yo Mexico) - July 2014

A World of Details
Delmonico's artspace, Time Portal - April 2017

The Last Forever

Minimal SL
Orion Tales 10 Years
LEA 8, May-June 2017

R&D Gallery, Diotima, June 2017

Art at the Park event
Hollie Kay Park, July 2017

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
July 2017

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
November 2017

Galeries des Machines
December 2017

b. Collective:

Galerie des Machines, Paris 1900, February 2011

Paris Impressions, Cafè des Artistes, Paris 1900, February 2011

The Bright Side of life
Cafè des Artistes, Paris 1900, May 2011

Galerie des Machines, Paris 1900, May 2012

Ashraya Project Photo Exhibit
Ashraya Project SIM, May 2012

Big Wave Rodeo
Cowboys and Surfers - Ars Lunga, June 2012

Bohemian Art Exhibit
Gallery 23 - Hotel Chelsea, November 2012

Galerie des Machines- Paris Couture, December 2012

Anita's Art Space - Dryland, December 2012

Selected photos
Art in the Park - New Toulouse Founders' Week 2013

Selected photos
Atelier Kreslo, from March 20, 2013

Selected photos
Mayotte Gallery (no longer in SL)

Selected photos
Studio V gallery (no longer in SL)

MEB Hats photos
Art in Hats, Hats in Art
Art India Gallery, June 2013

Selected photos
Can you hear the sounds/noise?
Blue Moon Gallery, July-August 2013

Alternate Environments
at Gaia Project - LEA 13 - October 2013

Bohemian Art May/June 2014
Gallery 23 - Hotel Chelsea

MEB Hats photos
Art in Hats, Hats in Art
July 2014

Feet and Legs
Imago Art Gallery
November 2017

c. Permanent:

Selected Photos
Campus d'Art, Schwanson Schlegel, permanent
(SIM closed, now)

Selected photos
Artists for SL, permanent

Selected photos
Blue Moon Art gallery, permanent

You Tube slideshows:

MEB Winter 2011 Collection

A vintage trip to Britannia Isle Beach

Donna Flora: A Tribute

Hidden Geometries

Urban Blues

Pixel Factories

American Signs

Minimal Extreme

Other exhibited works:

1930 French ClockClock Museum, permanent
Art Deco Exhibit at Campus d'Art

London Battersea Power Station Model
Virtual Museum of Architecture, May 2012
Exhibit Visioni, May 2013
Exhibit Pixel Factories, June 2013

Magazines covers and ads:
For MEB Fashion, Melu Deco or others, she made covers and ads on Scrulptz, Retropolitan, Bestyle, Modavia Fashion Directory, Berlin Styl, The Primgraph, Esselle Movie Magazine

  • Best voted at VMA Art Deco Clock Contest, Virtual Museum of Architecture, 2011

  • 1st prize at Flapperettes Contest
  • Finalist at Galerie der Sinne contest "Beach and Coast Impressions", July 2014

Photos on magazines

  • Esselle Movie Magazine, no.18, Oct. 2010
    Cover story by Laura18 Streeter, photo on cover by Melu

  • Photography, October 2014, from page 332


    1. I think you forgot one EsseElle #18 magazine article cover story :P

    2. Fixed! Thank you, Laura! :)