Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name. The component of play is what differentiates cosplay from simply wearing a costume like you would at Halloween. In cosplay, instead of simply donning the costume of a character, you are becoming the character, and in many cases, interacting with others as such. These emphasis is on costumed interactivity. This project’s goal is not to describe the phenomenon of cosplay but trying to find, through the portraits, the souls of the real people behind their characters.

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