All through the pandemic, London-based designer Tomo Taka nonetheless managed to go to a few of his favourite locations. It helped that each one he wanted was a distant management.
That’s as a result of these picturesque locations are all inside his go-to video video games. Over the previous few months, he’s created a sequence of 12 postcards that remember the digital worlds many people have been visiting throughout lockdown, from castles to seashores to forests. The postcard remedy, with saturated colours and oversize sort, paints them as gorgeous locales to flee to—no airfare required.
It could have been exhausting to e-book airfare anyway, as airports were largely deserted as a result of pandemic-related journey restrictions. So with nowhere to go, Taka says he discovered himself enjoying a variety of video video games as a type of escapism. (He wasn’t the one one—55% of Americans played video games throughout lockdown final yr.) So this previous February and March, Taka returned to a few of these “locations” and used in-game digicam options to snap postcard-worthy pics. Since journey images is integrated into the video games, “it felt like ripe territory to play with,” he says.
The sequence has the look of basic, classic postcards, with the situation’s title in vivid colours and expressive typography. The photographs themselves seem like barely decrease decision than what you’d take with a contemporary digicam—a glance made famous in the early to mid-20th century however carried by way of on vacationer postcards immediately. Taka’s favourite is the Hyrule postcard, from the Legend of Zelda, as a result of, as he describes it, Hyrule is extremely various, with every area within the sport having its personal character and structure. “A giant a part of the sport is simply exploring its digital world. I spent a lot time discovering and exploring in Hyrule that it actually felt just like the closest factor to touring,” he says. It’s additionally the sport that initiated this challenge, which incorporates locations for the digital vacationer from Mario Odyssey, Grand Theft Auto V, Pokémon Sword, The Final of Us Half II, and Ghosts of Tsushima.
A few of the worlds are primarily based on real-life areas, like Los Santos in GTA V, which, in response to Taka, is impressed by Los Angeles. Others, like Hyrule, are pure fantasy. Both means, the challenge lets us indulge journey fantasies of our personal, in a yr when real-life exploration has been off the desk.