Over the past year, Janelle Gunther occasionally captured video with her Canon PowerShot digital camera: An elephant parading through city streets to the Ringling Bros circus, her friends on stage during an improvised dance show. But the clips simply sat on her computer unwatched - until last weekend, when she began adding them to Vimeo , one of several sites to emerge for sharing amateur footage. There's no shortage of sites willing to accept such video, and once issues of revenues, copyright and ease of use get sorted out, the sharing of personal video promises to become as commonplace as photo-sharing is today. Most digital cameras sold since can shoot video, and so can newer models of cellular phones, said Jill Aldort, an InfoTrends consultant who specialises in internet imaging trends. A big US pharmacy chain even sells disposable video cameras. Now they needn't necessarily burn DVDs or carry around cameras to show friends their latest video oeuvre. Thanks to faster internet connections and better online video technology, even search engine leader Google is getting into the game.
She is an interior designer from Baltimore with a boyfriend and a degree. She describes herself as "a pretty normal woman. But twice a month she sets up a camera, takes off her clothes and with her boyfriend makes amateur pornography movies under the name Sexy Secret. I don't want to be a porn star," she said. I don't wear makeup that often. I'm 5'6 and pounds. I'd say I'm nice looking, sure, but otherwise I'm pretty average. Despite not being a porn star, Antoinette's films are explicit displays of hardcore intercourse that if released in cinemas would earn a "XXX" billing. While plenty of amateur pornographers or exhibitionists have posted their work online for free, some do-it-yourself pornographers are now posting videos to a new section of the video-sharing site XTube. With so much free media available on the Internet, sites have long struggled with how to get users to pay for content, whether it is Facebook, the Wall Street Journal or the band Radiohead.
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Over recent years there has been a proliferation of major video-game releases offering "photo modes", enabling players to capture memorable moments on their adventures with their own in-game snaps. But what might have initially been intended by developers as a novel way to get players to share screenshots of a game on social media and get it trending has led to, some claim, the birth of a genuine new artform. Thanks to the hyper-realism of modern video games, which now boast thousands of individual facial animations and random environmental events that play out slightly differently each time you dive in, gaming worlds have evolved to become genuinely spontaneous, life-like landscapes that photographers can comb to create images with their own arguable artistic value. Sang has created in-game photos for marketing campaigns from major gaming publishers and companies like Activision and Nvidia, and, above and beyond that, he spends a lot of his days as a hobbyist trying to capture moments with emotional substance on games such as Grand Theft Auto V and Cyberpunk This might involve spending hours carefully arranging dead bodies in a Wild West tavern in order to construct a menacing smoking gun shot, or shooting an intimate juncture where a character is lost in a daydream amid a futuristic neon landscape. Often, he tries to photograph fleeting gaming moments that have a direct correlation to the everyday humdrum of real life. One of the shots he considers among his greatest shows bloodied Resident Evil 3 heroine Jill Valentine having an introspective moment while sitting on a train carriage; Sang describes the intent behind it with the seriousness of an artist describing a work of theirs hanging on a wall in a prestigious exhibition. A bloodied Jill gave me this feeling of a regular person looking through the window while commuting — just carrying on despite it all. The shot undoubtedly captures a very relatable sense of perseverance and therefore furthers the way video games now offer genuine soul-searching moments, even amid fantastical apocalyptic horror settings. Sang's work has been hung in art exhibitions in Los Angeles and London alongside fellow screenshotter Duncan Harris — revealing how the lines between real-life photographs and in-game screenshots are blurring.
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