Photographs Created in Virtual Worlds

Robert Overweg is a photographer who works in the virtual world. His series, “the end of the virtual world“, contains images captured in popular computer games at the edges of the “world”. Based in the Netherlands, Overweg has been working exclusively in the virtual world since 2007.

Regarding this project, Overweg writes,

This series of photographs originates from four popular first person shooter games (Left 4 dead 2, Half-life 2, counter-strike and modern warfare 2) Unlike you might think the virtual world is not round like the physical world but flat with hard-cut edges. These photographs show us how the virtual world ends. What I find interesting about these photographs is that they behold a certain dramatic almost classical feel to them playing with our real life experiences but cut off.

You can see more of his projects here.

This reminded me of a post we published last year titled “8 Video Games that Feature Photography“.

Thanks for the tip Kloppertster!

Image credits: Images by Robert Overweg

  • Brett

    While I do think that you can create photographs in many mediums. He’s making a series out of finding the edge of a map and screenshotting a street. Valve is notorious for efficient mapping. if you can’t see it from the intended path, it’s not there. I think he’s looking too far into the symbolism of a entity boundaries in the Hammer editor.

    He could have at least went with a prettier engine.

  • Tobi

    Yeah, thats neither creative nor art or something..And definitely not photography!

  • Mikeprice4269

    This classes as creative? I’m going to upload a screenshot of me dying in Sonic 3 and get some awesome buzz about the creativity as I will be trying to symbolise how at some point we all die when we get to Launch Base Act 2 as we never quite make the right jumps in our lives.

  • Luckyluckersons

    Word…This is reaching as far as “Art” goes.

    Perhaps i’ll go into an art gallery and take a bunch of pictures of corners of paintings that OTHER PEOPLE painted. Then i’ll call my work a “collection” and pretend i’m a serious photographer. Seriously? This person is taking screenshots of videogame artwork and hosting gallery exhibitions.. how is this not plagiarism?