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Robert Overweg’s Reality

08 Jul

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Today we’re featuring the work of Dutch photographer Robert Overweg, who has taken some pretty interesting urban photographs of late.  But these are not shot on the streets of Amsterdam or Zurich: in fact, all his images are taken from virtual environments – mainly computer games.

Robert sees ‘virtual environments’ as the new public spaces, and aims to document them on his new site, Shot By Robert.  In doing so, he asks questions about copyright, popular culture and whether experiences in the visual world – which are becoming as much a part of reality as day-to-day life – are the property of the copyright holder or the person who actually has the ‘experience’.

British photographer Robbie Cooper would agree that the virtual environment has the ability to become a new reality – just take a look at his ‘My Game Face‘ gallery via the New York Times, where he captured kids’ faces as they played violent video games, thanks to his RED camera. Spookey.

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Posted by on July 8, 2009 in looking, photography

 

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