I am becoming a fan of the Cons. I loved every minute of the Emerald City Comic-Con, so I couldn't wait to walk around this year's Sakura-Con, which celebrates Japanese animation, manga, and comics. On Saturday 31 March 2018, Edyn and I headed over to Freeway Park with our cameras to see the artists, fans, cosplayers, and other photographers. We had a great time.
Sakura-Con is massive, and the costumes were incredible. That's expected. After all, Sakura-Con is a big deal, and the cosplayers put in a lot of work to ready their costumes. For me, though, it's the community and the people who made the event so much fun.
Edyn and I opted to walk around getting documentary images rather than finding a strategic location for portrait work. This meant we didn't have as much direct interaction with the cosplayers, but it gave us the benefit of watching everyone else's interactions, which was fun and rewarding. The cosplayers graciously, patiently, and tirelessly posed for photos. Some of those costumes must be difficult to get around in, but they powered right on through.
I don't want to take too far a turn toward the serious, but these days it often feels like we spend a lot of time looking at what divides us. I'm not discounting the importance of tackling tough issues - we have to - but I'm also trying to get better at actively balancing that with more positive surroundings. I've added the Cons to my list of places to find people who are inclusive, friendly, and encouraging. If you've never been to a Comic-Con or Con, you should walk through one of the free outdoor areas near the Con where the cosplayers gather for photographs. You'll meet some awesome people and get a feel for how much work and creativity goes into these events.
We've added some of our photos from the day below, either as individual in-line photos or as part of the slideshow further down. If you see yourself in any of the photos, get in touch so we can tag you. We'll see you at Sakura-Con 2019. If you'd like to collaborate before then, give us a shout. Finally, most of these were shot by Edyn - you can follow her on Instagram.