CosplayGen X Cristian Dîrstar

Cosplay Gen is the bible of cosplay, from interviews to tutorials, the magazine showcases the best of cosplay and gives you an insight into the minds of dedicated cosplayers – and best of all it is made by fans for fans.

Below are promo cards for issue 3, taking some of the best cosplays from the issue and mixing them up with illustrations by Cristian Dîrstar – it’s interesting to see cosplayers who dress as real life versions of drawn characters being drawn themselves, seems like a weird paradox but we love it.

See the full series here.

Jason Chau’s cosplay photography

Last summer I was travelling to as many conventions as I could doing cosplay photography, since then I have been working unpaid so have had no money to travel around the country. I however I will not let this spring/summer’s events slip past me. As I get ready to photograph some cosplayers I thought I would try and find someone who shoots in a similar style to me.

Alot of photographers take the subjects away from the hustle and bustle of the con, put them against a white wall or in the garden of the venue the con is held at, I however like to capture the ongoing convention in the background. Much like those street fashion photographers who stop people on the street and get them to stop where they are and pose.

I found the work of Jason Chau who does the same, I love the fact he has a style, the same sort of framing in every photo and bright vivid colours, the background is still there but using depth of field it is not distracting from the cosplayer. You can see all of Jason’s work here.

‘Badass’ fan art by Tohad

deviantArt legend Tohad has been creating ‘Badass’ fan art, taking pop culture icons and turning them on their heads, it’s an idea that has been done but never in this way. Tohad keeps the cartoon nature and bright colours, creating a collection of badass characters presented in similar ways. Props to Tohad, I love this series.

The Wild Places

Anna Fischer is a talented fashion photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times and The Wallstreet Journal just to name a few. However Anna’s Cosplay photography is probably what she is best known for, particularly her project ‘The Wild Places‘.

The Wild Places is a photo project taking top-tier cosplay talents on  a photo-odyssey across the untamed landscape of America.  I want to expand the scope of what cosplay photography can be. I think it’s time to go big. It’s time to break cosplay out of the photobooth, the pool deck, the hotel lobby. I want to take it to the desert, to the ocean, to the mountains. I want to take cosplay away from the tame spaces, and to the wild places.

– Anna Fischer

I LOVE this project, America provides great landscapes from deserts to dense forests. The only issue is money, cosplay photography isn’t that lucurative in the West. Anna Fischer tackled this problem with her Kickstarter project – The Wild Places. When Anna posted ‘The Wild Places‘ on Kickstarter she aimed to get $3,000 in donations, to date she has received over $26,000, and here’s why people want to fund this project:

I think this is a really strong project and set of images that give a breath of fresh air to the world of cosplay photography which is often repetitive and never leaves the convention grounds. I love seeing when new images are published and the next locations. It’s one to keep your eye on if you love cosplay or photography in general, you could always donate and get involved! See the project website here.

Stahli Cosplay

One of my new favourite things to do on instagram at the moment is to find cosplayers – they’re great to follow as you get to see some behind the makeup shots and characters in everyday situations, it’s awesome to see people showing the non-convention side of cosplaying.

Stahli Cosplay first came to my attention on a search for Attack On Titan cosplay – the Levi costume made me stop scrolling a take notice. Who can ignore those epic Levi brows & Titan PJ’s?!

See all of Stahli’s osplayC here: and don’t forget to follow @stahlicosplay on instagram.

Interview with Jonezy

Today I had my interview with Jonezy, it was a great conversations and I really enjoyed learning about his experience as an Otaku. Obviously this audio needs editing, this is the original version.

He also sent me some extra photos, and is working on a 360 photo of his room for me.

The great thing about our conversation is that we had similar experiences and after I had run out of questions we kept on talking for a while.

Robbie Cooper at Phonar

We were very honoured to have Robbie Cooper come to speak to our class on wednesday. In the usual Phonar format Robbie’s lecture was recorded.

I had contacted Robbie Cooper the day earlier and asked if I could interview him after his lecture as I wanted to gather an idea of the process he undertook when creating “Alter Ego”. The decision was made that it would benefit everyone if I did this during class, so after the lecture we had a Q&A session which was recorded, and here it is.

The questions came from myself, Nick Henley-Smith & Oliver Sharpe.

It was great to talk to a photographer who is also interested with cultures which might be considered “weird”, Cooper said he was particularly interested in worlds that existed in real time, unlike RPG games like sims that boot up when you log on, a lot of online games are still going on when you aren’t even on them.

I had seen Cooper’s work a couple of year ago and had noticed the similarities in framing and colour particular in his “Alter Ego” series, I would never have guessed that this was influenced by Bernd and Hilla Becher…

©Berd and Hilla Becher
©Robbie Cooper

In his later work, ‘Immersion’ Cooper explores human interaction with a computer screen, this idea came from his experience of being in conversation with someone whilst they were fixated on the TV or their laptop. The interesting this is the way in which Cooper made his subjects feel comfortable. His sister was cooking all day long hoping the homely smell would relax the subject, he also ensured the camera was hidden, so although the subject knew they were bing filmed, they might eventually forget about it and relax.

You can see Robbie Coppers work here.

Robbie Cooper: Alter Ego

In this series Robbie Cooper explores people across the world and their online gaming avatars. This work explores the similarities and differences between people and their avatars, some are quite shocking, and if you look at the rest of his series on his site you can read the background behind each image.

Joseph Ford

Surrealist Photographer Joseph Ford‘s work takes iconic games consoles and transforms them into real life building structures. This pieces are ridiculously clever, I just wish the series was longer because they are so good. The structures at first seem to be quite normal and then you click that they are game consoles.

Dead End Thrills

Whilst researching digital gaming photographers I came across the work of Duncan Harris AKA Dead End Thrills. Duncan Harris uses real life photography skills in the digital world. He uses his hacking skills to take away users and characters in games. His work is beautiful and he is definitely the leading digital gaming photographer. These are some of his images, as you can see they are beautiful and capture the beauty of the digital world.