Fernando Pereira Gomes is a Brazilian photography student at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Instead of shooting random pedestrians in “Grand Theft Auto V,” he shoots street photos of the virtual city with his in-game cellphone (there’s even an Instagram parody app called Snapmatic). The result is jarringly elegiac for a video game often trotted out as Exhibit A of the medium’s violence.
Below are a few of his shots depicting daily life in San Andreas.
While Gomes takes a street photo approach, others have grown enamored with its lush landscapes, and it’s not surprising the game’s city looks so gorgeously alive: “Grand Theft Auto V” had a development budget of over $137 million.
You can follow Fernando’s ongoing project at Street Photography V.
And for comparison, these are Gomes’ non-virtual street photos. You can see a lot of the same spare aesthetics at work: