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Here are some black and whites of Ryan and Paige in their Chicago costumes!
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For Halloween, Ryan and Paige were Billy Flynn and Velma Kelly from Chicago ! Today they let me photograph them in their costumes. Don’t they look great!?
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It was so foggy today in OKC that you couldn’t even see the top of the Devon Building.
The weather was not on our side today, but it was definitely a great day for my family. <3
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Just playing around with some quotes from my video “It’s Your Life: Host It!” That I did with Peter Pixie.
You can check it out here:
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“We’re all broken people. We come to conventions to feel whole. Now I say broken, but that’s not right. That insinuates that we were at one point, one way but we’re not anymore that that’s not true. You are who you are. And I think that’s great.”
—Peter Pixie, Master of Ceremonies
About a year and a half ago, I was given an assignment in my photojournalism class to photograph someone that does something visually interesting for a living, this assignment just happened to be due the Monday after Tokyo in Tulsa 2012. Desperate to find someone that fit this bill, I facebook’d Professional Master of Ceremonies: Peter Pixie. I never dreamed that this would change my entire life.
I’ve been an anime fan since I was 12. I’ve been a cosplayer for about 5 years. I’ve been a con-goer for about 4. And, I can easily say that everything I am, and everyone in my life is there because of these elements. It’s just so easy to say I cosplay “Because it’s fun” or I watch anime “Because I like it.”
But It’s so much more than that. It makes me happy. It makes me feel confident in what I do as a visual story teller, but also in myself as a person, and in a silly way, how I look as well. This summer I lived with someone, who I met at a convention’s photo meet up by total accident. I initially befriended my two very best friends because they were recruiting people into their Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay group. All of the friends I have, all of the amazing people in my life are directly, or indirectly, because of cosplay, or just anime in general. Whether they realize it or not.
And… I’ve never really known how to explain why I do this. Why I spend all my money on wigs and hotels and fuel. I’ve never known how to put it into words.
And then going through the hours and hours of footage collected over multiple conventions… I realized that the smiles and moments captured is something that can’t simply be put into words. But, If I had to come close, I would quote the wisest man I know, and say that: “We’re all broken people. We come to conventions to feel whole. Now I say broken, but that’s not right. That insinuates that we were at one point, one way but we’re not anymore that that’s not true. You are who you are. And I think that’s great.”
This is what I do. I tell stories. I take photos. I make video interview pieces. I dress up like comic book characters and spend way too much money on Japanese imported candy and buttons with anime character’s faces on them. DX
BUT! I am so proud of that! I’m happy. I’m optimistic. I’m confident. And I know that that is what what really matters. This project has re-newed my love for everything conventions, and has re-united me with the convention community. But it has also made me so much more optimistic, and easy-going. I really do feel like a better, happier person because of my work with Peter Pixie.
And so now I would finally like to share the longform version of my midterm project: “It’s Your Life: Host It!”
This is an anti-bully campaign that I made a while back that I was recently asked to do a re-edit of. I’m really happy with how this turned out, and I am very pleased with the results.
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