Cosplayers are common sight at comic book conventions. They are the people who love to dress up as their favourite characters from an anime or manga series, comic book, tv show, movie, or videogame. But have you ever wondered what lives they lead at home, outside the colourful world of comic book conventions?
Photographer Klaus Pichler entered the homes of different cosplayers and captured them wearing their costumes set against the backdrop of their ordinary, daily lives. The series, called Just the Two of Us, was taken between 2011 and 2013. It highlights the people behind the masks without actually revealing their identities.
“Who hasn’t had the desire to just be someone else for a while? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to,” said Klaus. “Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ‘Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.”
UPDATE: Here’s an excerpt from our exclusive interview with Klaus.
We’re just curious, how did you go approaching the cosplayers and ask them to participate in your series? Did you go to a convention and randomly ask, or do you have cosplayer friends to begin with?
Finding persons with elaborate costumes has definitely been the most tricky part of the series. As I wanted to cover a wide range of different costume traditions (LARP, Furries, Carnival, Krampus etc.), I had to start from zero with every tradition. Every tradition has different ways of connecting, therefore I had to find a way which was suitable in every particular case.
The Furries/Fursuiters, for example, anthropomorphic animal impersonators, are a phenomenon closely linked to internet culture, they are very active in web forums and chat rooms and it is nearly impossible to get in contact when they are wearing their suits in public, because they strictly separate their civil persons from their alter egos. Therefore, I had to log in to their forums and get in contact with them via private messages.
Some of them did not want to get photographed, some did not like or understand the concept and some liked the idea but did not want to let me in their flats. But in the end, I managed to find a quite nice array of costumed people who were taking part, and we had great fun making the pictures.
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