GTA 5 is not just a successful video game, it’s the highest grossing entertainment product of all time. Part of it's success is down to it’s beautiful, immersive virtual environment. This environment has inspired a number of keen eyed photographers out there to bring us some beautiful street and landscape photography. It beggars the question – is this really photography and if not, well, what is it?
A few weeks ago I posted an article about the interesting dynamic lighting that I was discovering in GTA 5 when I had a brief opportunity to explore the game world for a few hours. Although some of our readers pointed out that there are games with there are other games out there with far more intricate lighting, the game puts you into something akin to “real” environments (and by this, I mean you can explore pretty intricately modeled rural and urban landscapes that have dynamic lighting conditions based on the sun’s movement and other artificial lighting). There is even a Flickr group of landscape photographers of Los Santos and Blaine County.
A couple of keen eyed gamers out there, notably Phil Rose and Fernando Pereira Gomes have taken the exploration of the game a step further, bringing us some beautiful in game “photography”. Even Zack Arias has dabbled in the world of GTA 5 street photography. I would argue that all the elements of these street and landscape photographs could be classified as photographs. The concepts of composition, lighting, the capture of a singular moment, shape, form, color and texture are all at play. They were even captured with the in-game camera phone.
Does it matter that these were not captured in the real world with real camera equipment? Personally I would call them photographs regardless, and for the most part, pretty beautiful ones at that, but I’d be interested in hearing what others think.
What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know.
Via [Buzzfeed / Buzzfeed]