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Open World: Photos and Screenshots That Blend Real with Virtual

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Tech billionaire Elon Musk famously said recently that he believes there’s a “one in billions” chance that we’re not all living in a computer simulation. This idea of real being indistinguishable from digital is the basis for photographer Ollie Ma’s project Open World.

Ollie’s work places digital world screenshots from the game Grand Theft Auto V next to real world photos he shot in High Wycombe, England.

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“In contemporary society, the digital world pervades the physical to such an extent that any distinction between the two is obsolete,” writes the Buckinghamshire-based photographer, who’s also a 2nd year photography student at Nottingham Trent University. “The simulated environments of open world video games illustrate the interchangeability between the virtual and the everyday.”

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“Open World” is available as a limited edition, handmade photo book that can be purchased for £40 (~$58) on Ollie’s website.


Image credits: Photographs by Ollie Ma’ and used with permission

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