The Game Photography Exhibition Featuring Horizon Zero Dawn was a collaboration between Drew Taylor, a talented group of game photographers, Sony, Guerrilla Games and PAX Australia. It was showcased in the Plenary foyer of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre during PAX Australia 2017, which ran from October 27-29, 2017.
For many players, the development of photo mode features in games has created a whole new way to experience a game and connect with its world. The player engages not as a hero, but as a photographer; afforded the opportunity to see things anew through the lens of a camera, but tasked with capturing the essence of an encounter in a single frame. Considered the best in the world, the photo mode feature of Horizon Zero Dawn, paired with the game’s incredibly realised world, makes it the perfect focus for a photo mode gallery exhibition.
The exhibition is comprised of three sets. Horizon Zero Dawn developer, Guerrilla Games, provides an exciting glimpse into the world that awaits players in Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. Set in icy territories to the north, this new chapter of Aloy’s journey adds a new area to explore and new mysteries to uncover. Game world photographer Drew Taylor presents ‘First Days of a Seeker’: an experimental exploration of Horizon Zero Dawn from the perspective of photo journalist and artist. While eight game photographers—Duncan Birnie, Lin Moreno Herenas, Lem Fillyaw, Britt Andrews, Jennifer Scheurle, Hussain Abdullah, Rachel Renee and Madeleine Beer—selected from Australia and around the world, provide works that form the Photo Mode Community set.
Curated by Drew Taylor, the photographs in the exhibition have been chosen largely for their ability to challenge perceptions regarding games and art; providing new and unexpected visions of Horizon Zero Dawn, while showcasing the growing field of game photography on an international level. Able to reach beyond the player’s experience, to audiences outside of games, the photographs connect through their technical excellence, aesthetic, beauty, emotional impact and, in many cases, ability to make the world of Horizon Zero Dawn seem as real as our own.
This exhibition is proudly supported by PlayStation Australia. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will be available on 7 November, 2017, exclusive to PlayStation 4.
All framed photographs in this exhibition were taken with the photo mode included in Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) by Guerrilla Games, running on a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, in 1080p or 4K resolution.
Photos courtesy of Daniel Power, Drew Taylor and Britt Andrews.