Hyper Timelapse GTA V is a mesmerizing project started by Canadian digital artist and photographer Benoit Paillé. It is part of a bigger project about the connection between virtual worlds and photography. The Montreal-based Paillé makes use of the virtual confines of the Grand Theft Auto V video game to challenge photography in his collection called Crossroad of Realities.
Paillé patiently waits for hours within the game environment for rain to fall, lightning to strike and looks out for other brief bursts of action to appear, so he can document it all with his camera. After doing that, he meticulously re-enacts the action in his studio and injects new elements using a myriad of picture taking gadgets (new and old) to create a composite new photograph. Yes it sounds complicated, and in a video Paillé himself explains the painstaking concept and technicalities behind Crossroad of Realities.
“Using my DSLR, I takes screenshots\photography of my wanderings in the game. Places of interest are marked and located on the map using the game’s GPS system. I would often return in a given virtual location, depending on the light or time of the day, color, and weather. It is processed and developed in Lightroom , using a method identical to that used for my other projects. Then comes the reflective stage, to calculate the right angle, the right light at which to put an arm holding a camera in his hands in the picture.”
Paillé’s Crossroad of Realities challenges how we can stretch and bend what is virtual and what is organic to the real world. For him we are living in a world that is increasingly becoming digital, and where the virtual and the real are beginning to blur. This might seem like heady stuff to ponder, but he does make a point about where creativity and intellectual sincerity or honesty could be heading. See Paillé’s exploration of these ideas in Crossroad of Realities here.