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Joscha Steffens – HFFO
The photographic series Hffo documents a historical encounter. 7PM a chinese Counter Strike clan travelled to Spain and for the first time ever competed with US and EU based athletes at the all female tournament Showdown that took place in Valencia. The competition lasted for three entire days and I continuously photographed the players during their time off-stage and off-line. Hffo and her chinese team-mates did not do too well and couldn’t even reach the semi finals. Next to the player’s name on the second image of the sequence the viewer can find her age, her game statistics of the performance and selected data from the exif files that my camera records during shooting:
K/D Ratio 0.84
39°28’11.10” N 0°22’38.60” E
Kill/Death Ratio of the last match, her Kast - that measures the percentage of rounds where a player contributes by killing an enemy, assisting a teammate, surviving a round or getting revenge on an enemy for killing a team-mate - the coordinates where the pictures are taken, date and the exact time. The fourth image is created inside the mapping program Valve Hammer Editor that is used by professionals and ambitious amateurs to create and edit levels of the game Hffo and her clan perform within. It shows a part of the essential grid that lies underneath the world of Counter Strike.