Conflict Photographer Embeds Himself in the Video Game ‘The Last of Us Remastered’

Last of Us Photo

Conflict photographer Ashley Gilbertson recently embedded himself in the PlayStation 4 video game The Last of Us Remastered on assignment from TIME. Gilbertson, who worked from 2002 to 2008 in Iraq as a photographer, took a series of stills using the in-game Photo Mode introduced in the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The Last of Us, originally released in 2013 on the PlayStation 3, is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure video game by developer Naughty Dog.

My approach with The Last of Us Remastered was to enter each situation, or level, and work the scene until I was confident I’d gotten the best photograph I could before moving on. It’s the same way I work in real life. Yet, I found it was more difficult to do in a virtual reality because I was expected to fight my way through these levels to get to the next situations. That involved chopping off people’s heads, shooting them point blank in the face or throwing bombs near them. If I failed, I’d have my neck bitten, with blood exploding from my jugular in some pseudo-sexual zombie move, forcing me to restart the level.

We previously wrote about a similar series of street photography by photographer Fernando Pereira Gomes in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Last of Us Photo

Last of Us Photo

images via Ashley Gilbertson for TIME

‘365 Postcards for Ants’, A Miniature Painting-a-Day Project by Lorraine Loots

365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

Every day in 2014, Cape Town-based artist Lorraine Loots is creating a miniature painting about Cape Town for her project “365 Postcards for Ants.” Loots allows people to pre-purchase the paintings — purchasers can suggest subjects, ideas, and themes for their painting. Postcards are also available. “365 Postcards for Ants” is an extension of Loots’ 2013 painting-a-day project, “Paintings for Ants.”

365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

photos by Lorraine Loots

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Man Dresses Up Like a Nerd With a Boombox and Surprises People in California With His Impressive Freestyle Raps

BigDawsTv recently dressed up as a nerd with a boombox and surprised random people in California with his impressive freestyle raps. He even allowed the person for which he was rapping to choose the first word for him to rhyme with.

At first I was nervous because when I was practicing my freestyles in the car I couldn’t rhyme very well, lets just say I was having an off day but once I got out there I think I did alright. ;)

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Gentle Manta Ray Entangled in Fishing Line Approaches Human Divers For Assistance

When divers from Oceano Video Sub were exploring underwater in Bat Islands, Costa Rica, they were approached by a manta ray asking for help in escaping the fishing line in which the elasmobranchii had become entangled. Once the line was successfully cut, the manta ray swum away unencumbered and happy.

We (Thomaz Monteiro and Flavia Passaglia from Brazil) were diving at Bat Islands, Costa Rica, when this peaceful manta came. Brian Thompson (from Canada) gently cut the net fishing and now the manta can live with no pain. Important: We picked up the line. It’s our trophy now!

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