Photographer captures the beauty and individuality of cosplay

A group of cosplayers as C-3PO (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A team of cosplayers as C-3PO (Thurstan Redding/Little ones of Cosplay)

Thurstan Redding was inspired to create a photography task on cosplay soon after attending the MCM London Comic Con occasion in 2018.

He became captivated by cosplay as a subject issue for its innovative expression of individuality and variety.

In excess of a few a long time Redding acquired the rely on of people in the cosplay local community and set out to capture the magnificence of craftsmanship which goes into their costumes. His e-book Young ones of Cosplay is a end result of his fascination with the action.

Cosplayers generally costume as fictional characters from Tv or flicks and go to the Comic Con situations. They are held each and every yr in various towns throughout the Uk with at minimum one in each condition in the US.

Redding’s project is a celebration of this fandom and lets a glimpse into the environment exactly where individuals are united by their celebration of an art which transforms the standard into incredible.

A group of photography assistants as Batman (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A team of photography assistants as Batman (Thurstan Redding/Youngsters of Cosplay)

A cosplayer as DC Comics character Harley Quinn (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A cosplayer as DC Comics character Harley Quinn (Thurstan Redding/Children of Cosplay)

Redding is a British fashion photographer and he has worked on initiatives for Gucci, Chanel and British Vogue.

But even with his extraordinary system of do the job, Redding states this venture was a serious problem for him.

“I can properly say this has been a single of the most difficult but also rewarding initiatives I have ever worked on,” Redding says of the undertaking. “It also gave me the opportunity to get the job done with some of my favourite people today, and to genuinely explore a subject make a difference sociologically as effectively as visually.”

A manicurist as Mystique from ‘X-Men’ (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A manicurist as Mystique from ‘X-Men’ (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A student and bartender cosplays as Wonder Woman (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A scholar and bartender cosplays as Wonder Lady (Thurstan Redding/Young children of Cosplay)

What is interesting about Thustan’s job is that he avoided Comic Con functions as a backdrop for his topics. In its place he photographed the cosplayers in a domestic environment or on a ordinary street.

In this way Redding was in a position to reflect his belief that cosplay is essentially almost everywhere in our day by day lives, as very well as discovering a fantastic assortment of gentle and colour to present gorgeous backdrops for his images.

While you could possibly feel that dressing up as a fictional character negates a person’s identification, Redding expert the very reverse with the cosplayers he photographed, getting that their expression prospects to a potent feeling of id.

A rebel pilot from Star Wars, who has a day job as a retail employee, tells Redding: “Jokes aside, I sense incredibly very pleased in this costume. This costume feels like an extension of myself mainly because I have manufactured it to my liking, I have not experienced to meet any person else’s conditions or expectations to pass. This is a costume I have supplied a portion of myself to, and I’m really happy to place her on.”

A group of cosplayers, all as Wonder Woman (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A team of cosplayers, all as Surprise Female (Thurstan Redding/Little ones of Cosplay)

A hospital receptionist as Ursula from ‘The Little Mermaid’ (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A hospital receptionist as Ursula from ‘The Minor Mermaid’ (Thurstan Redding/Children of Cosplay)

The Wicked Witch of the West from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, cosplayed by a baby massage teacher and exam invigilator (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

The Wicked Witch of the West from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, cosplayed by a newborn massage teacher and examination invigilator (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

The undertaking also captures the perception amongst cosplayers that the inventive concept makes it possible for a various local community of people today.

A healthcare facility receptionist, who dressed as Ursula from The Minimal Mermaid, reported: “My costume seem about ten hours to make, I picked Ursula because I adored viewing some assured plus-measurement representation in a Disney movie, and it is great to try and embody that.”

Redding, who also photographed himself as a Storm Trooper for the ebook, observed that in numerous methods everyone in the globe is donning a costume to distinguish their sense of self.

He writes: “Whether it is turning into a fictional character or turning out to be the ‘you’ the planet sees, cosplay is everywhere – all of us are cosplaying in some form or kind.”

A Rebel Pilot from ‘Star Wars’ cosplayed by a retail worker (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A Rebel Pilot from ‘Star Wars’ cosplayed by a retail employee (Thurstan Redding/Youngsters of Cosplay)

A student and a professional cosplayer as anime character Sailor Moon (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

A scholar and a experienced cosplayer as anime character Sailor Moon (Thurstan Redding/Young ones of Cosplay)

Thurstan Redding joins a group of cosplaying Storm Troopers from ‘Star Wars’ (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

Thurstan Redding joins a team of cosplaying Storm Troopers from ‘Star Wars’ (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

Kirari Momobami from ‘Kakegurui’ cosplayed by a communications executive (Thurstan Redding/Kids of Cosplay)

Kirari Momobami from ‘Kakegurui’ cosplayed by a communications executive (Thurstan Redding/Youngsters of Cosplay)

Thurstan Redding’s reserve Young children of Cosplay is revealed by Thames & Hudson / Volume. Part of the proceeds from guide product sales will go to the British Pink Cross to assistance Ukraine.