Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé uses the virtual world of the Grand Theft Auto V video game to question the practice of photography in his series “Crossroad of Realities”. Paillé waits for hours inside the game environment for lightning to strike, or rain to fall, and seeks out the perfect spot for a sunset to appear, so he can capture it all with his camera. Then he painstakingly re-creates the lighting in studio and stages a person using an array of picture taking devices to be composited into the photographs.
His work questions our use of technology, authorship, analog photography, and photography as a whole, in a world that is increasingly becoming digital.
Watch the video below to get a better idea of Paillé’s process and hear him talk about the work. Lots more images below.