For the featured photographer of April 2013, we bring you the talented Vaxzone from Singapore. We first noticed the gentle ambiance of his photography style and how the lighting in each photo manages to flow around and envelop the cosplayers, even when using artificial lighting. There’s an airy, floating quality about Vaxzone’s work, as if he caught each of his cosplayers in mid-motion. We sat down to chat a little bit with him about his cosplay photography history, influences, and thoughts about the cosplay scene in Singapore.
Cosplay Photographers: Thanks so much for taking the time to be interviewed! So tell us a little bit about your background and where you are from.
Vaxzone: I am currently staying in this beautiful island called Singapore.
Vaxzone: Since I was young, I liked to look at those awesome pictures taken by reporters and journalist. You don’t need to read the description and you understand what was going on by just looking that those pictures. That inspired me to get me into photography.
Cosplay Photographers: What about cosplay photography?
Vaxzone: Cosplay photography is a little bit different from event, wedding, portrait and landscape photography. It is the combination of all the above plus creativity. Especially in searching/planning to create fantasy feel type of artwork where it does not exist in our normal day-to-day life.
Cosplay Photographers: Have you ever cosplayed, or do you just take the photos?
Vaxzone: Nope, just cosplayed as a photographer… hahaha. I still prefer creating artwork instead.
Cosplay Photographers: What would you say are a few things that define your photography style?
Vaxzone: My goal: every piece of Artwork will tell a story with just a single glance.
Cosplay Photographers: What’s your favorite gear to use on a shoot?
Vaxzone: I got very limited gear: a camera and 3 lenses, all of them are my favorite gears.
Cosplay Photographers: Do you have any gear that is your least favorite?
Vaxzone: Every single gear or lens has its own pro and con. Know the gear you own and use it for the right place and purpose.
Cosplay Photographers: Could you talk a little about the cosplay scene in Singapore?
Vaxzone: AFA and Cosfest are some of the big event in Singapore, where you will see a lot of awesome cosplayers and a lot more photographers.
Cosplay Photographers: Which events do you usually go to?
Vaxzone: I will try to visit most of the big cosplay events in Singapore mainly to catch up with friends and meeting new friends from overseas.
Cosplay Photographers: Do you shoot a lot at events, or do you prefer to do private photoshoots at other locations?
Vaxzone: I hardly shoot in cosplay events. I do prefer to do private photoshoots at other location which is more suitable to the character.
Cosplay Photographers: Could you describe a typical shoot? How long does the session last?
Vaxzone: In most of my shoot, it took around 2-3 hours.
Cosplay Photographers: And how much planning do you do in advance?
Vaxzone: Normally I will discuss the shoot detail with cosplayers 1 – 2 weeks in advance.
Cosplay Photographers: How many final images do you usually end up with after a shoot?
Vaxzone: Most of the shoots done, I might have 1 – 2 photos which I like and will keep reviewing them, mainly to critique myself where to improve.
Cosplay Photographers: Describe your post-processing workflow…do you do a lot of retouching?
Vaxzone: It depends on the anime or game and character, mainly I will just adjust the color tone, curve etc.
Cosplay Photographers: Do you do any photography besides cosplay photography?
Vaxzone: Yeah, I do wedding, events, travel photography etc.
Cosplay Photographers: How do you think the cosplay photography community has changed since you started?
Vaxzone: In this short 3 year period, photographers are getting more experience and more awesome works; cosplayers are getting better in makeup and crazy props making skills, sewing skills etc.
Cosplay Photographers: Who are some of your favorite photographers?
Vaxzone: Anyone who produce artwork that tell a story. I like to browse through newspapers, magazine, internet for awesome work from different individual. Sometimes I will just look at one picture/drawing for a long time.
Cosplay Photographers: And what are your future plans for your own photography?
Vaxzone: I would like to do more people and scenery related photography.
Cosplay Photographers: Thank you so much! For those of you who would like to see more of Vaxzone’s work, you can visit his deviantart at vaxzone.deviantart.com.
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