For this editorial photo challenge, we were asked to choose one of the seven deadly sins, the one we identify with the most. For me, there was no indecision. I knew there was no other sin for me than the sin of Sloth, especially as portrayed by physical laziness, but for all work in general.
Now, if you were to ask anyone that knows me well, they would tell you I am not lazy at all, or I am the least lazy person they know. It is true I really do not like physical labor. But, at the heart of my sloth is the fact that I like my time to be my own time, to do with as I please. So, if there is a job to be done, I immediately get to work on it and work hard to complete the job as quickly as I can, but, always with competence, responsibility, and integrity. After all, I am only working to have free time for myself to spend as I wish.
I would rather lie in a field of wildflowers than to mow the lawn or to mop the floor. I am so lazy that I prefer to pay someone to do these things! In fact, as a lover of nature, I have spent many hours lying in mountain meadows with the smell of the grasses and wildflowers drifting over me on warm breezes, the hum of insects surrounding me, the call of wild birds in the distance--a circling hawk, a regal eagle—and, sometimes, a visit from the occasional deer, maybe a mother with twin fawns.
So, ultimately, I chose to portray this lazy mountain sloth in my editorial photo, with the hope that everyone that saw it could feel the warm sun on their faces, smell the soft scents drift across them, and hear the symphony of little creatures nearby.
For this photo, I built the entire set to get just the perfect look and feel that I wanted.
The sin of Sloth is represented by the color of light blue, so my first task was to find the perfect Virtual Diva garment in this color. I was in tremendous luck, because one of my favorite Virtual Diva gowns, the Timeless Gown Couture, comes in the color of Sky, just perfect for my styling. Then, I chose components in light blue to carry the Sloth theme throughout the entire photo.
Now, you might think that a lovely gown would be out of place in a mountain meadow full of wildflowers, but I wanted to portray an elegant, fairy-tale look, a princess spending a lazy day with the little creatures of the wild. Surrounding me, and on my little fawn companion, the White Tail Deer Fawn from Jinx, are Persefona’s lovely blue Nose Butterfly 8. Sitting perkily on the huge bow of the Timeless Gown Couture Sky as it watches over me as I sleep is Lode’s Head Accessory Magic single bird.
To complete the princess look, I used the Mineral Butterfly necklace, Heavenly, from Neomenia, and the Sinra earrings and bracelets in earth blue from Mandala.
To impart a dreamlike quality to the scene, I wore three Dandelion Puffs and Seeds emitters from Cole’s Corner and used eye makeup and face tattoo from Zibska, and the lovely hair fanning out around my head as I lie asleep is the Akane Black hair from Argrace.
The wonderful sleeping pose I used is from Hatter the Mad, the Peaceful Slumber Pose.
I love rocks of any kind, but especially rocks such as geodes, and so, in keeping with the light blue color of Sloth, as well as the outdoor and nature theme of the photo, I included three, blue-hued Geode Roack-1 #620 from Anatnom.
I hope I have transported you into a magical moment as I sleep lazily among the blue daisies on a warm afternoon in my lovely Virtual Diva Timeless Gown Couture Sky.
MY COMPLETE STYLE LIST
GOWN BY VIRTUAL DIVA: Timeless Gown Couture Sky
NECKLACE BY NEOMENIA JEWELRY: Neomenia: necklace Mineral butterfly HEAVENLY
JEWELRY SET BY MANDALA
[MANDALA]SINRA bracelet/earth blue
[MANDALA]SINRA earring/earth blue
BIRD ON GOWN BOW BY LODE: *LODE* Head Accessory - Magic [single bird]
BLUE BUTTERFLIES BY PERSEFONA: Persefona Nose Butterfly 8
DANDELION PUFFS BY COLE'S CORNER: **CC** - Dandelion Puffs & Seeds (add to wear)
SLEEPING HAIR BY ARGRACE: *ARGRACE* Akane – Black
EYESHADOW AND FACE TATTOO BY ZIBSKA
Zibska Dalaine Eyemakeup Lelutka Applier
Zibska Riko Lelutka Applier
SLEEPING POSE BY HATTER THE MAD: .:HTM:. Peaceful Slumber Pose
OBJECTS I USED TO BUILD THE PHOTO SET
BASIC GROUND TEXTURE BY RO!ACT DESIGNS: Frozen Rock 1
ROCKS BY ANATNOM CREATIONS: Geode Roack-1 #620
FOG EMITTER BY NIKKY JULIESSE: Rolling Fog Emitter
LIGHT BEAM BY DR3AMWEAVER: Dr3amweaver Animated Ray of Light 6 in 1 + Sparkle
FAWN DEER BY JIAN: JIAN :: White Tail Deer - Fawn (Sleep R)
VARIOUS BIRCH TREES BY STUDIO SKYE: Birch Grove Building Set
GRASSES BY HEART GARDEN CENTRE
HEART - Wild Grasses - Fescue - Small
HEART - Wild Grasses - Mixed Round - Group1
HEART - Wild Grasses - Flowering - Round Dense - Green
FERNS BY VIRTUAL NATURE LANDSCAPING: Virtual plant Fern A Dryopteris
BLUE DAISIES BY O.M.E.N (OMEN): O.M.E.N - Spring Daisies - Blue