We always post galleries from major cosplay shows, and they are always excellentbut for the recent New York Comic-Con, a photographer wanted to do things a little differently.
Want to try something other than just taking good pictures, veteran photographer Andrew Boyle (disclaimer: I wrote the foreword to his book) thought that on this year’s show, he would try and be a cosplayer.”single focus” in his work.
“After my cosplay photo book ‘Heroes & Villains’ came out in 2017, I thought I would relax a bit with the subject, but it kept pulling me back; Boyle told Kotaku. “I shoot in a unified style inspired by the portraits of Richard Avedon, so that the sole focus is on the subject without distracting the background.”
“I also work in collage and motion works, I wanted to integrate a unique hand feel for each selected object. For some, I use cutouts related to the character, others the repetition of shapes or color blocks with paper and textures. It’s a way of setting itself apart from other cosplay photographers, all of which take their own approach and give off a distinct feel that celebrates all the effort and energy that the NYCC crowd brings. Plus, I love reading people’s reactions to seeing myself portrayed this way. “
The result is this heavily stylized gallery that, by removing the conventional background, truly allows each cosplayer, their costume, and performance to shine.