Cosplay is an abbreviation of „costume play”. Cosplay fans dress up as specific characters. The characters are typically drawn from japanese fiction books and movies: manga, anime etc. For a real Cosplayer it is dishonour to buy a costume, they spend hundrets of euros and countless hours to create these costumes. The most important thing is to accurately represent the character – it means not only dressing up but also behaving and acting like one.
I shot these Cosplay portraits during annual Japan Day in Dusseldorf, Germany.