Good Intro to Videogame Screenshots as Art Photography
When I wrote about whether virtual world/game screenshots should be called "photographs" last Friday, I mentioned that they're starting to gain recognition as a valid art medium -- this article in Huffington Post, a survey of many artists working in the form, is the kind of thing I had in mind. It's not only Second Life image creators who are sensitive to the difference in terminology:
James Pollock, graphic design student in Bath, England, collects his in-game-photography on his blog Virtual Geographic... While related projects by Robert Overweg, Kent Sheely and John Paul Bichard are grounded in the context of experimental media art, Pollock sees no difference to "real life photography": "Treating virtual realities as real in this way is one of the things that makes it an interesting experience for me."
Much more here. There's a very interesting reader conversation in Friday's post, by the way, and while there's some good arguments for why screenshots like these should be called "photographs", I think my point that they're best called "virtual photographs" still stands. The "virtual" qualifier adds clarity, not confusion, to the term's usage.
Hat tip: Carrie Lexington, who has related thoughts here.