How the Metaverse will reshape the art of photography

From film and digital portfolios to social media, photography has long ignited our imaginations, evolving in step with our technology while helping us distill a timeless version of reality.

How the Metaverse will reshape the art of photography

Think about flipping open your camera roll. Colors, faces, landscapes whizzed past. However, no matter how high the pixels and how cleverly the composition is, it is still two-dimensional. Imagine the effect of altering reality, then, a photo—and the memory it evokes—you can access and relive it in its entirety.

Although highly speculative in its specifics, the Metaverse has shattered our understanding of interactive media, raising an existential question about the definition of photography itself. I’ve spent my career finding new ways to capture these bizarre moments and building software tools to help others do the same. In the nearly 30 years since my first job, I’ve never been so excited about how technology can reshape our capabilities. While the rise of the internet and photo-sharing apps has accelerated the creation and consumption of photography, the Metaverse has begun to upend its mechanics.

Freed from the constraints of past devices and even the laws of physics, Metaverse photography unleashes previously unimaginable freedoms to explore light, color, perspective and output. In a culture where content creators are considering Web 2.0’s “move fast, break things”, this new digital realm presents an opportunity to ask themselves. How can we recapture the visual story in a way that fosters connection? What art ethics rules do we need to rewrite? If we could do it all over again, would we do it better?

Metaverse Photography will unleash a new creative category

How the Metaverse will reshape the art of photography

Photography can and will become more than the still images we exchange today. By embedding three-dimensional layers of sound (or even smell), Metaverse photography will take perception beyond the eye, forming a new category of art, a new sensory experience.

This shift towards immersive imagery is evident in revolutionary creators like REO, who have fused the skills of photography and digital art to produce unforgeable, genre-bending work.

In the early days of the Metaverse, it’s hard to fully conceptualize the possibilities of creation, but think about it, a flight simulator. You’re sightseeing in an unfamiliar world dotted with highlighter-colored stars. Safely exiting the cockpit, you drift into the shimmering atmosphere, lightly capturing the multi-dimensional picture with only your “eyes”. While a powerful, interconnected Metaverse experience may easily emerge decades from now, it is already starting to expand our horizons for image creation, opening up competition for new types of creators.

The Metaverse Will Break Down the Barriers Between Photographers and Viewers

From shared digital spaces as extensions of our own reality to expansions of existing multiplayer universes, photography will play a key role as a building block for new virtual experiences and as a bridge from one world to another.

However, image capture across planes raises unexplored questions about the relationship between photographer, photo and viewer. Can you make a photo in a photo? What do you call an image that blends real and virtual?

While the way we capture what we see may change, our desire to remember, interpret and re-imagine will persist, inspiring a more personal and immersive viewing experience. Metaverse photography not only opens up unknown possibilities for creative expression, but provides a new way to communicate and connect, whether you are an artist or art collector, client or brand. Photographers will have the ability to transport viewers, who will become participants in the photos they consume.

A Decentralized Art Economy Will Bring Risk and Reward

One of the most exciting things about photography in the Metaverse is the opportunity for new artists to make their claims in the space, and the opportunity for existing creators to reach new audiences.

I recently spoke with a friend and fellow photographer, Tobi Shinobi, who provided a helpful perspective. “Instagram has democratized the creative industries for people like me who might never have considered entering photography,” he said.”Web 3.0 has taken this democratization to a new level. It’s democratizing the platform itself,” he said.

“Now, you can build your own community,” Shinobi added, reflecting the explosion of NFT creators in his network. The increased focus on digital art has accelerated the exposure of recent entrants into the field, who now have independent channels to generate royalties, not bound by the algorithms or terms and conditions of today’s mainstream social platforms.

Having said that, there are of course some potentially dire consequences of a decentralized web.

This wild west of photography, including the transfer of real-world imagery into virtual space, requires us to revisit the ground rules of this art form. As we begin to grasp the intricacies of NFT copyright law, it makes sense to ask what a watermark in the Metaverse would look like. When our cameras become invisible and even rendered landscape backgrounds become proprietary themes, creators and platform leaders must agree to new rules.

We still need extensive education to define token value across blockchain platforms, distinguish possession and ownership of art, and perfect asset verification tools like Photoshop Content Certificates for any creator looking to protect their work.

For 200 years, photos have given us a window into new experiences and perspectives, and we have the opportunity to use what we’ve learned to build a better platform for that exchange. Despite the many unknowns, I remain hopeful as we look to the future – imagining how the Metaverse will revolutionize photography, and how photography will help visualize what the Metaverse can become.

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