The Other People

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquillity; and I affirm that tranquillity is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.”

Since the shift in popular culture within recent years, what was once deemed as something for ‘geeks’ and ‘nerds’ has evolved into something for a large audience, sprung out through the need to express ones own individuality and homage to their favourite character from various media platforms from comics, video games, TV shows and movies. The internal landscapes of the people who cosplay have changed their physical appearance. Dressed to reflect an exact representation of a fictional character, they embody the characters personality and mannerisms.

This sense of retreat from the normal is an inviting one, to become someone or something else for a period of time, yet surrounded by those who also choose to live another life. Yet these people who choose to dress up in weird and wonderful costumes, are at peace with who they are inside and wish to celebrate that through their appearance. Creating these costumes takes time and patience, an almost meditated state to finish and wear the final product.