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Portraits of Cosplayers in Their Homes Highlight Growing Subculture

By Jules Ebe on November 9th 2013


Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler has taken portrait photography to a new, slightly odd, level. In the photo series ‘Just The Two Of Us’ people are found in their everyday surroundings dressed as their alter-egos. Known as cosplay, short for “costume play”, individuals wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Pichler’s project takes a deeper look into this subculture and asks what if the alter-ego was a way of life. His visits the people in their homes and addresses not only the costume, but the person behind the mask.

Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to.

Pichler goes on the explain his thoughts on cosplay: “Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.”

[rewind: Photos Show Iconic Movies in a New Light]  

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If you were to dress as any character, who, or what would it be? Me – I’d be the 10th Doctor ;)

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via Huffington Post]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Jay

    This series far surpassed my expectations when clicking the read more link. Great concept and execution of portraits of a very interesting crowd.

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