For the set brief we’re supposed to have a few 1:1 tutorials and for mine I have Richard one of the lecturers that I haven’t had before…….and I’m questioning why as he’s given me the best advice on this assignment that anyone else has been able to give me.
The first piece of advise that was given was to look at the works of Jean Baudrillard and Alan How for the idea of reality being masked through the characters being real not fiction. The second piece was to consider shooting the characters in a ‘Dead Pan’ style pulling from the works of Thomas Ruff and Richard Avedon which was an interesting suggestion but I may leave this idea as a side project or at least a later project to pursue.
It was the last lot of advise that I found would be highly useful! I was to try shooting with a wide angle lens as that would be the best format that would mimic the style of manga or anime scenes, not only this but I was to try and work in black and white bringing it closer to the idea of the characters being realistic within the manga/comic/film that they appear in, kind of like the styling of Sin City. From this I got the idea for presentation that I am most excited to try out: using a light box I could print the final images onto transparency or acetate and use the light box to view the image clearly bringing it closer to a manga feel.
Well since I am sure that I’ve bored many of you with so many written posts might as well give an update of photographs that have been taken so far for this assignment, some will be full edit forms others will be photos from the back of the camera as sneak peeks whilst I work through the back log of images.
Paige Dolan - Suigetsu Hozuki (Naruto)
Bulma (Dragonball Z)
Genocider (Dangan Ronpa)
Ben Cubberly - Zabuza Momochi (Naruto)
Goku (Dragonball Z)
Tyler Mackenzie - Suigetsu Hozuki (Naruto)
Vegeta (Dragonball Z)
Chris Moroney - Neji Hyuga (Naruto)
Mangetsu Hozuki (Naruto)
Light Yagami (Death Note)
Carl Parsons - Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
Jackson Hall - Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
Gray Full Buster (Fairy Tail)
Astarte Gore -
Gaara of the Sand (Naruto)
Sakura Haruno (Naruto)
Rangiku Matsumoto (Bleach)
Sophie Osman - Nastu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
Ray Finch - Souleater Evans (Soul Eater)
Paige Dolan - Karin (Naruto)
This also includes Team Seven from Naruto and the Hebi Clan also from Naruto. Gaara is strike-through as lens flare means I want to be able to re-shoot this character if I intend on using the photographs, means I am however already prepared for the kind of shots I would like to get.
As I expected from the reactions from many on my last assignment when I looked at cosplay photography, it was well received on the photographs themselves and the skill in each photograph, but the concept itself was almost lost. As much as cosplay is becoming far more well known now that what it once was, it is still quite a strange thing for many to understand when they are not completely aware of what it actually is. This is included in my main research but for most cosplay is known as “costume role-play” or to some “dressing up” (I myself see that as quite a derogatory way of addressing but that’s my opinion alone others may or may not agree).
So as I promised, whilst I get busy uploading all recent band photographs to my Flickr, I’ll get on with filling you all in on the set brief idea that I selected to work with.
Most will know from previous posts that I chose to follow the path of Cosplay photography, something that is pretty close to me as I partake in Cosplaying as well. Now since those posts appeared I have shot a good few more characters and had one group tutorial so far at University with a 1:1 tomorrow and another group one next week.
I’ll set the feedback that I got into another post so that these do not ALL DRAG ON but the idea was received the way I expected it to be received and I have taken on all ideas but I am sticking closely with what I have decided to do which is create a series of photographs that look at the physical identity of the CHARACTER NOT THE COSPLAYER like I tried to do with my ‘The Body’ project work. I shall explain later why I want to do it this way, the only issue I have at the moment is coming up with a suitable but professional way of presenting this series.