S.O.S. STOP. REQUIRE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE STOP CAN’T STOP. TAKING PICTURES OF HORIZON ZERO DAWN’S RESPLENDENT ENVIRONMENTS STOP. SEND IMMEDIATE HELP STOP. PLEASE STOP STOP.
Will this addiction ever end?! Horizon Zero Dawn’s provocative, desolate world is already so engaging that it’s shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve now become susceptible to one of its more innate features, specifically “Photo Mode”. I just can’t stop taking photos. There’s an inherent catharsis about capturing the very singular images that you’re exposed to on the journey that you simply can’t ignore. My continued exposure has allowed me to exhibit a photogenic fervour I didn’t even know I possessed, taking liberties with supplementary errands as I make periodic trips through ravines or up perilous mountain tops in an attempt to capture yet another startling image. In fairness the game makes it remarkably easy to do so, equipping you with various initiatives to help get just the right angles. Though verticality and elevated positions provide a broader canvas for capturing those distinctly glamorous shots, I’m now finding myself engaging with hostile combatants and trying to passively arrange their assault into art. It’s sad, I realise but documenting such exquisite scenery that’s just begging to be captured has become such a satisfying accomplishment.
Below is a slew of pictures that encapsulates some of Horizon Zero Dawn’s exquisite scenery with a preferential exhibition of its startling exuberance, contrasted by the world’s arresting vulnerability. I’ve tried to capture the compelling beauty of the scenic environments, but also the sobriety of the more adverse weather conditions that displays a more authentic and oblique depiction of this world’s polarising essence. Humanity is struggling and though there is hope in the form of a brazen, red headed heroine, the much more solemn images below reflect the hardships faced by our increasingly depleted species. Actually I’m talking nonsense. What I really did was go “Oh, look. Pretty. Take picture to show fwiends”. Enjoy.