The Cosplay’s the Thing

Few photographers in Taiwan can resist the call of the cosplayer: that aficionado of the fantastic who dons eye-catching costumes and draws cameras. The events at which the cosplayer appears are some of the most lively gatherings in pop culture. In Taiwan these events provide a perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with your community and your camera. When that professional model or friend has a full calendar, count on the cosplayer to ride to your rescue, plastic lasergun drawn and turquoise hair streaming.

Watch this post for a discussion, revised from an earlier feature, about cosplay and photography. We’ll get a sense of the phenomenon, then talk about making pictures. See you soon.

Alton’s Images



National Museum of History
Taipei, Taiwan
台灣 台北 國立歷史博物館
© Alton Thompson 唐博敦

Life and works of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni  (1475–1564)
Pietà  (1498–1499)
plaster cast from marble original


Great Brahma

Great Brahma Urban Shrine
New Taipei City
台灣 新北市 
© Alton Thompson 唐博敦

Great Brahma is known in Taiwan as 'the four-face Buddha'. This roadside shrine serves a community of Thai immigrants.