Steampunk’d cosplay

Steampunk pretty much does what it says on the tin (or brass). The steam half of the name taking influence from steam powered engineering, particularly from 19th century British and American culture (think Danny Boyle’s 2012 opening ceremony – factories and engineering). Punk hinting towards the grunge and rebellious nature, loving a gritty, clunky and unapologetic engineering process over the sleek and often hidden or invisible process of digitisation.

Steampunk translates well to fashion and cosplay in particular, for those who want to adapt a character into a look they have created they add a steampunk edge, making them more badass as unique. These are the best of the best…

Yaya Han (Cosplay, US)
Mike Rollerson (Photography, US)
MolecularAgatha (Cosplay, Costa Rica)
Lauren Abundis (Cosplay, US)
Shun Al Hayashi (Photography, US)
Pandore (Cosplay, France)
Skirtz (Cosplay, US)

‘Burnouts’ by Simon Davidson

Bringing destruction and beauty together Simon Davidson explores the sub-culture of burnout competitions. Whilst I admire most sub cultures just for the sheer dedication and love people put into their hobbies, this series takes burnouts from a destructive sport to almost angelic looking works of art. The combination of hard bold metal surrounded by smoke clouds almost makes it appear as if the cars are floating on clouds, lost in the moment and pure enjoyment.


“For the past six years I have been photographing the sub-culture of burnout competitions in Australia. The guys and girls who compete in the various competitions across Australia are a passionate bunch. As a photographer I enjoy the visual feast of a superb and powerful car on the black of the burnout pad juxtaposed against the softness of the tire smoke. In reality a burnout is extremely loud and aggressive but in the photos there is a sense of calm… poetic in a way.”