They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes they really are. And I have a lot of Photoshop work to do to tell the stories I gathered over the weekend.
I spent the weekend at ACEN - Anime Central - with #2 Son. If you're a photographer, something like ACEN is 'died and gone to heaven'. Everywhere you turn is another shot - another costume, another pose, another face. There's not a lot of talking between photographer and subject - just "Can I get a picture?" and the invariable answer, "Sure". The subject usually strikes a pose - something unique to the character the person has adopted - and then you say "I'd like a head shot, please? Just look directly into the lens, no expression on your face, K?" And then, "Sure".
And it's the face shots you really want.
And you get shots like these two, straight out of camera, no editing at all:
The thing is, if you watch these people long enough, you get a sense of who they are at a very unique level - some are pretenders, and they're just there to dress up, to mingle, to be part of what's going on. But some, just some, care deeply about what they're doing, about the character they are portraying, and they're there ... not to be part of what's going on, but to BE what's going on. They are honest and meticulous in their portrayal of their character. They're really into it. Honestly into it. And they become those pictures that are worth a thousand words.