Cosplay (costume play) photography is something I’ve recently delve into. Cosplay is a very neat hobby where people make all sorts of costumes that portrays a character from shows, movies, games, comics, etc. It is a very creative, time consuming, and … expensive hobby that demands real dedication and commitment. The cosplay community is huge, judging from the packed annual conventions I often hear about. And tickets to get in aren’t cheap either.
Cosplay photography for me is an offshoot from my drag photography. My interest in it is not at the same level as drag photography, as I still don’t completely “get” it. I understand it is a creative outlet … but there has to be a higher purpose … other than “child’s play” – I say this because I often see very young people dressing up in their favorite character in Halloween. Perhaps I just need more enlightenment. So I tend to be more picky with cosplayers I want to work with for a photo shoot project. A photographer must know what a character is all about in order to produce shots that makes sense … and tell a story. A photo of Boba Fett rolling in a bed of flowers would be ridiculous … pointless … stupid … but lovely.
When I first saw Draco Mac cosplay at a studio photo workshop I “crashed in” last Novermber, lol, I was immediately drawn to the detail of his Mandalorian warrior costume. He was hard to miss … very imposing, red and black costume, and fully armed. Boba Fett and Star Wars is something I’m familiar with. So I proposed the project and the rest was history. Mandalorian Warrior is my second official cosplay photography, and my fifth including casual cosplay photo shoots. For this project I wanted to do more stop motion photography, action shots, dramatic shots, and something grim.
Mandalorian Warrior, a character with reference to the Star Wars Universe, is Draco Mac’s first cosplay – technically speaking. The costume is an original character design by Draco Mac. It took him approximately three hundred sixty hours, spread across four months, to make this costume. Draco Mac, from Red Deer, Alberta, recently moved to Vancouver with his fiancée to pursue an acting career. So cosplay and an acting career makes sense to me, … cosplay will serve his agenda. He is currently a full-time student at the Vancouver Film School. He is great to work with … great at taking directions, creatively involved in the photo shoot, enthusiastic, cool, and very patient … considering how cold, dry but cold, the weather was during the photo shoot … he’s a true trooper, pun intended.
Check out Draco Mac’s cosplay page on Facebook … and show your support!
Photo album: Mandalorian Warrior … not all heroes survive a battle. Enjoy!