Tomb Raider Again, With A Twist
Ever since doing our original photoshoot, I’ve wanted to come back to Mexico and do more photos. All the content I’ve seen, as far as cosplay, since the release of the game has been focused on Lara Croft’s bow and her climbing axe. I decided to change a little bit for this one and go a bit off the road, so to speak. I looked to all the concept art that Crystal Dynamics and Core Design has done for the game and decided to ask Lilia Lemoine (LadyLemonCosplay) to do one of the early costumes and we’d shoot something based around that idea.
To support what I wanted to do in the places I wanted to shoot, I wrote a small bio to put Lara in the place I imagined for those photos. I know it’s a bit fanboish but I really do love the series, adventures, and the new incarnation of Lara Croft.
The story goes like this:
Tomb Raider: Pyramid of the Gods
After receiving an unexpected letter from Alisha (Conrad Roth’s daughter) about mysterious disappearances near old Mayan cities, Lara travels to Mexico to meet her friend. Once there, she only finds a map with some markings on it and a necklace with a jade stone. Locals are afraid of the relic she is wearing now, saying that the Death Gods of the Underworld are trying to come back to rule the world. Lara won’t leave until she finds out what happened to Alisha and the meaning of the necklace.
I’ve used this to inspire myself and Lilia to go to Mexico again and visit places like Chichen Itza and the mystic Palenque, among other locations. In the end, it was our way of celebrating the release of Tomb Raider Definitive Edition 🙂
About The Gear/Locations
We traveled about 13 hours(!) by bus from the city I we were staying in to the second location. The weather was really bad the entire way, specifically in Palenque, which is sorrounded by tropical forest. I had checked the weather before leaving, but in these tropical locales, it can be very unpredictable. The forecast didn’t call for rain but I found myself trying to cover the camera as much as I could.
I shot in three different locations this time: some cenotes areas, and the Palenque and Chichen Itza archeological sites. Palenque was the best location in terms of liberty to shoot and areas to explore. Chichen is closed off for nearly everything so you don’t have much to work with within the limits of where they let people to walk or climb.
Lara Croft cosplay by LadyLemonCosplay (https://www.facebook.com/LadyLemonCosplay)
Photos by Fernando Brischetto – Photographes Sans Frontieres 2014