VIRTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY

In April of 2021, Hansen began to dive into virtual photography, a subgenre which focuses on photographing the world through the lens of video games. She is primarily inspired by artistic depictions of the American Landscape using the video game “Red Dead Redemption 2” as both her subject and my medium. The game takes place in a fictional version of the United States during the year 1899, a time when photography was just beginning to become publicly accessible. Photography is a major motif throughout the game, and players are encouraged to take their own photographs that can be saved and shared. Hansen uses the in-game photography feature to capture grandiose, monumental images, reminiscent of actual late-19th-century documentation of the American landscape.