Professional Cyberspace Photographer

Robert Overweg is an artistic photographer whose “photos” are screenshots from the virtual worlds of video games. The remarkable thing is, his photographer’s eye somehow manages to make his screens look like real-world artsy photos. But while his palette is nifty, his subject matter is what makes it really interesting…

Using realistic game worlds like those you can explore in Left 4 Dead 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Half-Life 2, Overweg has created numerous collections like “Glitches,” which finds art in unintended errors in a game, or “The End of the Virtual World,” which finds the edges of maps and depicts them as if the world is flat and you’ve come to the end of it. He also has a (NSFW) collection called “People I Have Met,” which has portraits of extremely realistic NPCs. You can find more at Overweg’s website.

His results are somewhere between high art and geeky cool. But Overweg himself is the real deal; he holds actual exhibitions in L.A., Germany, the Netherlands, and more.

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Robin Parrish
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Unathletic, uncoordinated tall man with endless creativity stampeding through his overactive brain. Comes with beard, wife, and two miniature humans. Novelist. General blogger and main Gaming Geek for ForeverGeek. Lead Blogger, Apple Gazette.

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