Here’s a perspective. From the shots I’ve shown in my ToyCon 2011 Cosplay Day 1 post, I got two unexpected reactions offline. One from a Singaporean friend, born and raised in Singapore, where else, and siblings who have no connection whatsoever in the cosplay/otaku scene and who just happened to see the cosplay photos last night. I asked Singaporean friend what she thinks of the cosplay scene in the Philippines from the 20 shots she’s seen so far. The reply, “oh, definitely better than Singapore’s.” Give yourselves a huge pat on the back everyone! Your passion knows no bounds and it translates to your craft. The best ones seem to still get better and the rest follows suit. Of course, I told Singaporean friend that I’ve already weeded out the not so appealing shots from the set, where most of them were my fault and my cam’s.
UPDATE: I received this message an hour after this post, “FRITZY I saw your second post! HEHE OF COURSE the cosplay scene is better in PH!!! Look at Jayem! JUST LOOK AT HIM!!!! <3333 *fans self* He’d better stay away from me or i’d totally molest him LOLOLOL” (and then I died laughing)
Friend number 2 and her sibling were checking out the photos last night and the sibling told her he’s seen cosplayers in Megamall two years ago and he says it looks as though it’s tremendously improved. I don’t know how friend managed to hear her brother’s comments because all I can hear from her the entire time we talked is how she’s so stoked about JayEm Sison’s physique to the point of her saying “if you manage to get to know the guy, please tell him I’m inviting him over for dinner. His choice of resto. On me.” Way to go JayEm! And she’s about to get married that girl.
Before the shots, let me again share with you…
I mentioned I joined the ToyClicks Toy Photography contest during the con. The subject is a Major Motoko Kusanagi toy from McFarlaine manufactured a decade ago in 2000. I bought it in February for 700 from an online seller. I got it sealed but look at the state of the box.
I took the toy out of the box for the first time in March, saying her beauty doesn’t deserve to be sealed in that way. LOL the first two shots I got of her shortly after are:
I was so tempted to just submit the second shot but some inspiration hit me to create this:
No digital manipulation whatsoever. It may have lost but I’m not giving up on toy photography just yet if only because friends think the final output was stellar. They have good taste and perfectly heightened senses, what else can I say. Hahaha.
Cosplay Photos from Day 2. Finally.
I was only planning to roam around taking shots of very random cosplayers who I think deserve the bandwidth I was told to judge the Group Cosplay and Game Girl Cosplay event so my Fritzparazziing continued in front of the stage from 5PM onwards so there. I would have loved to take photos of Kristell Lim and the SuckerPunch girls but I could not anymore find them after the competition. I’m so sorry Kristell, Gab Lopez, Katrina Pallon, et al. I really tried finding you, I swear! Apologizing on plurk isn’t enough. Seriously.
If you know who the person is and/or the character they’re portraying, should the caption show a blank, do leave me a comment below so I can populate and give credit. Thanks in advance. That’s it for ToyCon 2011! See you next year!