People approach their own identity in different ways. Every person’s approach is unique, and molded by their own life events. In this case, Cosplay is the sub-culture through which people have chosen to develop their identity. They do this regardless of what others may think, and do it out of pure intuition. We step in as silent observers, recording our observations with tintypes that create portraits that look like recorded moments of the past and bring their characters to reality.
Portraits are an important representation of a person. When someone has a portrait taken they take care in how they present themselves. Analog formats will far outlast anything digital and we take that into consideration when shooting our portraits. The portraits we take represent the subjects on a different level than the instant snapshots many people are used to now.
Smoke is a visible suspension of carbon and/or other particles in the air, produced from burning a substance. It is often thought that smoke blocks or conceals an image. In actuality, smoke distorts and scrambles what is behind it. In photography, especially in portraiture, we are used to coming to conclusions from what we see as clear as crystal, remove that and we open a new layer. With smoke, the imagination can begin to play once again with what little imagery is given. All the while the smoke takes on its mysterious nature in full form.