I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself.
~ Martin Buxbaum
Creating a profile picture, for me, is about creating a mood. Even though people are more disposed to being happy or sad, we all go through different moods. None of us is one-dimensional; we have many facets, although we often don’t show them to those around us. I change my profile picture often – it reflects who I am at that moment in time.
A lot of my profile pictures may seem to be sadder than I really am. That is largely because, in my opinion, the smile animations in Second Life look…well, a little goofy 😀 This photograph, for instance, elicited a comment from a friend of, “Aw, Peep, tell me your troubles.”
In fact, when I took the photo, I was trying to portray deep thought. I wasn’t sad, but I was immersed in my own world at the time. I guess I fell a little short with that one.
Another picture I took was to show the carefree, playful side of me. This one, I believe, hit the mark.
This one hasn’t made my profile (yet) but it’s a photo I took for my Second Life boyfriend. I think it shows more than one mood – longing, lightness, joy. All things I feel for him.
The sea is not just stormy, quiet or dark. It is also the playground of dolphins and whales, the waves dancing beneath the breeze.
I am all of these…and more.