Once, gaming used to be a simple case of bouncing a pong ball/shooting asteroids/rescuing the princess. Now, things have become so gloriously complex that in-game street photography has become something of an art form.
Fernando Pereira Gomes, a student of The School of Visual Arts in New York, is a keen street photographer and avid gamer. Upon entering the vast world of GTA V, he was struck at just how accurately its urban landscapes mimicked real-world settings.
"The developers and everyone involved did such an amazing job that light behaves exactly like it does in the real streets," Gomes told us, "and the pedestrians, too, are eerily similar." Thanks to the helpful inclusion of an in-game camera, Gomes set about capturing the play of light and shadow in this virtual playground.
While the resulting images are strikingly pretty, Gomes does find his gameplay hampered by real-life hobby. "I try to set a specific time for me to focus on photography, or to just play the game." Things have got far too meta for us.
You can find more of Gomes' work here.
(Images: Fernando Gomes)