Artist Research 

For Play, I looked at photographer Robbie Cooper for a second time, however, on this occasion, I was looking at his work ‘Alter-egos’.

Robbie Cooper places photographs of people in their real life next to images of there game alter-ego/ character. We get an insight into the life of that person and also a hint at their likes and preferences based around what game and Online Avatar they have chosen/ created.

This piece of work by Robbie Cooper has always been something I have loved. I think it is a fantastic look at the connection between ourselves and our habits online when it comes to personal enjoyment.

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However, I didn’t want to just recreate Coopers idea, though the concept has greatly influenced me.

So, I began researching other artists, and became drawn back to someone I had discovered years ago back in Secondary School, Joshua Hoffine.

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And so, my idea developed. I am a massive gamer, and definitely wanted to focus on that part of my ‘play’ life.


The photographs I took for this project look rather silly unedited, and others look incredibly dull, because my plan developed into me photoshopping parts of the games I was playing into my reality.

I wanted to show a physical representation of how immersed and attached you become in the games you are playing.

So, I started collecting images of important ‘tokens’ from the games I play, with the intention of editing them into my reality in some way.

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I then began the photoshop process. Some of them were relatively simple, but some took a long time to get looking ‘right’.

I didn’t mind if they didn’t look perfect, I wanted them to look more fun than amazingly crisp edits that are indistinguishable from reality.

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Overall, I am incredibly proud of my edits. I think they are fun and properly represent what I wanted them to.