Back in early October, I got a call from my photo agency asking me if I wanted to go and cover Comic Con in Nashville. I was amazed. He send me links to where images of fans had been published in newspaper, all of the images were people in costume. So I went down there and did photos of people in their costumes. I was kind of amazed at how costuming is alive and well in this made for profit conventions. Yes this was a for profit event. I dealt with a publicity person. I don't know how much people paid to be there but it was an amazing number of them. I saw two people I knew. One who use to work in the music biz. The other I knew from the film festival.
When I was younger and use to go to local Science Fiction conventions. They were done for the love of it. Some made profit some didn't. They usually had a Saturday night costume contest. Little kids and big would enter it. On the local level it was usually cute and not professional. At World Cons it use to be professional, much fancier outfits. This past year I went to Chattacon and they had me take photos of the people who dressed up on Saturday night but that didn't do a costume contest. That is the only local con, I've been too. It seems that certain elements of the old SF cons are still alive and well in the hugh mega for profit cons. That being one of them.
So in my play area of my website I have but the images that I shot of people in costume. i sat up in the costume contest area and did I think everybody. I think. They all posed, in their characters. Almost like actors putting on a character. Makes me wonder if they all are actors of a special kind. It was fun. I enjoyed it. I didn't pay to get in. I just wandered around and took photos. The second day, I did photos of the celebrites they had there. Not so much fun. I talked to the publicity person and ask him questions about how they put something like this on. They do it in several cities. As the buddhist say things change.