Cosplayers, Supanova Sydney

And now for something a little different… I’ve been promising some people pictures from the Supanova convention which was held in Sydney a while back, so I thought I might put up a selection here on Journey Photographic as well.  This post is a bit of a departure from my one-post one-picture policy, but to me these images work best as a set, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

Supanova 2010: Cosplayers

One of the things I love best about photographing at these types of events is the constantly changing relationship between the individual cosplayers and the other attendees. One of the reasons I like photographing street performers and buskers is because of the interaction between the performers and the audience: cosplayers at a convention like Supanova take this interaction one step further. In a matter of minutes, an individual cosplayer can go from performer, to audience, to onlooker. Hopefully, these pictures capture some of that sense of interaction.

Picture of a cosplayer posing for the crowd, Supanova Sydney

A cosplayer poses for a photograph.

Picture of cosplayer and Dalek at Supanova, Sydney

A con attendee pauses for a confrontation with a Dalek, while Harley Quinn and other attendees wander past. The Dalek was controlled by Qui-Gon Jinn, just out of frame.

Disney Princess cosplayers pose for the crowd, Supanova Sydney

Disney Princess cosplayers pose for the crowd. While cosplaying is seen as a traditionally anime-related pastime, there are a fair number of western-media-related characters represented, especially characters from sci-fi media, comic-books, and iconic children's movies.

Picture of the Terminator, Supanova Sydney

The Terminator stood sentinel at the entrance to the main hall. Despite the crowded room, onlookers gave him a noticeably wider berth than many of the other cosplayers, including the two black-cloaked cosplayers in the corner of the frame.

Picture of a Mario cosplayer lost in the crowd, Supanova Sydney

A Mario cosplayer, alone amongst the crowd. A few moments ago, Mario had been the centre of a wide crowd of photographers - now he stands unnoticed.

Captain Jack Harkness gets up close and personal with a Dalek, while the Doctors and audience look on.  Supanova, Sydney

Captain Jack Harkness gets up close and personal with a Dalek, while the Doctors and audience look on. These impromptu scenes form at regular intervals, as different cosplayers move and interact with each other, and the audience.

So there you have it – proof I do occasionally take something other than travel pictures 🙂

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