Kosupure is the Japanese term for Cosplay, which is a portmanteau of costume and play. Cosplay is an aspect of popular culture whereby people dress up as characters, mostly from anime, manga, games and films. Due to the use of the internet, especially social media and forums, Cosplay has become increasingly popular over the last few years.

The portraits in this project show individuals dressed as their characters. I wanted to explore this subculture; the fascination that people have with these characters and the way they choose to portray them. Each costume has been hand-made, which shows the dedication and time that people have put into them. I wanted to allow tender link between the persona of the individual and the unique character they choose to inhabit to be shown in the photographs.


photography, portraiture, fashion, studio