Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rei out hitting the town

I came across this set of a Rei Ayanami cosplayer online before Christmas. I am not sure who the photographer is but the model is Adusa or could be the photographer's name. Anyway I really like these photo because they are no editing, no fancy lighting it is just a simple outdoor shoot but yet very effective. Rei comes across as a very depressing character so you see alot of Rei cosplayers portraying her in run down buildings and depressing settings but I find these photos very uplifting, it is like Rei is just out and about having fun. :)

The model isn't wearing Rei's blue hair and red eyes but she still really captures the character really well and she gives some smiles which is nice. These photos are really natural and I really like them. I would like to get photos like these but not as Rei, maybe in an 80s,90s punk goth style outfit, similar setting giving the NIN song Down in it, vibe. I think this set is one of my favourite Rei photos. It is nice to see out of the box pictures.

Seasons Greetings

Yep I know it is late but I hope everyone is having a Merry Chrtistmas and a Happy New Year.

This is the Christmas shoot I done with Natasha and David Kennedy. More photos can bee seen in my DA.

Monday, December 12, 2011

You stooole my hat!!

C.C. and Bulma Shoot

I done a fun Christmas cosplay shoot on Saturday and drank with my old anime buddies from Eirtakon. I had such a great time shooting with Natasha who I know from the cosplay scene. This was her first shoot and she really enjoyed it. We had such a laugh! I was C.C. and she was cosplaying as Bulma from Dragon Ball Z. Natasha is a big DBZ fan. David Kennedy who done the very good Rei photos was our photographer. I look forward to showing them off! Hopefully it won't be long. ^^

In the meantime, saw this on cruchyroll and I really want this figurine and costume. ;)

After the shoot I was really tired but was glad I went out. I haven't been out in along time because of the study so it was good. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Jumps on the Eva fan train...

Happy Birthday Asuka. Have a good one..


Someday I will find a way out of this place..

Listening to: NIN - The Becoming

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Ghost of Kinsale

More beautful work from GrummanCat.

Do check out more of his work - http://grummancat.deviantart.com/

Collabrations and TFFA

I had a very interesting talk with Stephen Doyle a photographer who I met on Folio32 over the weekend. We both plan on doing a big cosplay project together, it will be a series of photos showing how cosplay effects our identities and effects us personally. Stephen is new to cosplay but as an artist he finds it very fascinating, the blur between fantasy and reality. We both see our art as our way of life. :) We hope later to get more cosplayers involved and hopefully I can share this project with the exciting, international cosplay community. I am not going to say too much, it is all in the planning process. :)

Also it is fantastic to be working with GrummanCat another big Evangelion fan and does a web comic. I found his link from an Evangelion fansite, enjoyed his fan made Evangelion comic and of course like his art and before we knew it, we decided to work together on creative ideas. I thought I would never as a model and cosplayer have the opportunity to work with a fan artist, never alone an Eva fan. I can see now "Time for Fan Art" up there with "Time For Prints". :P Here are two excellent Rei images he done of me.

I love this one so elegant like mixing Rei and I's personailty into one.

It is all going to be exciting. Just a pity it all happens this year when I am bogged down with college but it will be worth it. :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Songs you really shouldnt listen to while on public transport

While getting the bus home from work earlier, I was on a quite the packed bus and was listening to somewhat dogey music. I just hope the man sitting beside me couldn't hear what I was listening to. I was listening to old school NINs when there were into their BDSM and drugs.

So ladies and gents songs you shouldn't be listening to while on a bus are as follows;

Very, very sexy video...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cosplay College Presentation

On Friday, I had to come into college in my C.C. cosplay from Eirtakon. I really feel brave doing the presentation in cosplay but giving it is an art college many wouldn't bat an eyelid. My presentation was short and sweet. I had to argue that Cosplay is a new postmodern artform and argue why it should get funding from an arts council.

I argued the future oppprtunities cosplay had with tourism such as themed cafes, teaching sewing skills, business. I argued cosplay being a growing market. I think the presentation went well. I should of got someone to record it or take pictures but awh well. I talk abit about my business too. If there was a way I could upload the powerpoint that would be good but unsure.

Researching was really hard as I emailed a few groups but haven't heard back and James who runs the MCM EuroCosplay at London Expo kindly gave me lots of information on funding on some cosplay events on in the UK, so that helped alot. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

OK first of...

Ok first of I apologise for the lack of bloggage and shoots, cosplays etc. I was so busy with Eirtakon and straight after I had to focus on my presentation.

Firstly Eirtakon was a blast! The feedback we have been getting is very postive and alot of people seem happy with the amount of events we had. I chatted to lots of people and had alot of fun! Fiona and I both ran the skits and masquarade. I was one fo the judges and really enjoyed it. I ran the cosplay stage show which was abit of a laugh as I interviewed the cosplayers and some really got into character. I loved Batman, he freaked everyone out hiding in corners. Unfortunely due to visa problems Yaya Han couldn't make it to Eirtakon but we had the pleasure of having Judith Stephens worldwide known cosplay photographer who also works for Marvel comics. She was nice to talk to and was really down to earth. Also I loved our guest of honour Liam O' Brian who drank with us on the Friday. There is a picture of me as Rin Tohsaka with Liam as he done the voice of Archer. I will upload it when I get it. It was also nice talking to Destiny Blue who is a full time manga artist from the UK. She is very talented.

I unfortunely didn't have a camera so couldn't get any photos but here are a few good ones. This was photo was taken by Kevin Sullivan one of the attendees, I thank him for that.

More images of Eirtakon can be found here on our FB page. Also here is a great and fun video.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Balitore Quaker Village

I have been meaning to blog about a little town in Co. Kildare which is an hours drive from Dublin. I had to go there two weeks ago as a college trip to do a cultural mapping of the town. As part of my course for Strategic management we had to pick a town within an hours drive from Dublin, go to that town, meet the locals, find out the culture of the town and make suggestions on how to better the town.

We got to Balitore in the early hours of the morning. It was very quiet and not many around well it was an early Saturday morning. :p It was Avril, Stephen and I who got to the town first and giving none of our classmates were here yet we went to explore abit.

This is the library which was closed being a Saturday. The librarian opened it for a few of my classmates earlier which I missed. The library has alot of Balintore history and has a military museum in it. I would of loved to seen it as I am big fan of military history.

This is the Meeting House, where the last of the few Quakers meet once a week for a ceremony and downstairs the Giese Youth Drama do rehearsals and do plays. It is an interesting contrast. Later on when we spoke to the Drama group, we ask them how do their feel about the Quakers meeting upstairs, they said it doesn't bother them. They leave us alone, we leave them alone.

As you can see Balitore does look like a traditional town and you got the modern convience store yet it keeps the old charm.

This landscape plays an important tale of the town. There was a multi dominated Quaker boarding school in Balitore which was ran by Cardinal Cullen and ran from 1726 to 1930. What is left of the boarding school is an a cobbled arch which highlights how important the Quaker religion was in the town. While I was taken pictures of this cobbled arch I felt a sense of loneliness and sadness maybe because there was nobody around.

What really struck me about Balitore was the run down buildings which were left there.. Later on in the day, Avril and I spoke to two old ladies. One of them was Theresa who is 94 and was well with it. Her friend Ann Marie was also present, they both lived in the town a long time. I asked Ann Marie was their any opportunity to restore the abandoned buildings and she said there is no interest. I got a sense of emptiness in the town and it felt like a ghost town. Many other people we interviewed said Balitore has somewhat a bad image and some drivers don't like driving though the town, there is also some elements of teenage vandalism due to nothing to do. I asked Ann Marie about this and she said the town is fine it does have a abit of vandalism but wouldn't go further into discussion. That was interesting. We got alot of history of Ann Marie and Theresa. Ann Marie use to run the mill which is stunning. The mill ran from 1840 by Cornal Donal who wasn’t a Quaker and was let to Edward Morrin. The mill closed in 1960s and was ran by Paddy Mille. Ann Marie’s family re-opened the mill at 1971 and closed it down four years ago. The mill made flour. It was a spectacular site as we got a good look at it at the end of the day. Theresa was very kind to allow Avril and I come into her house to interview them. Her house was a small cottage with antiques and it was very cosy. We were grateful for their time.

Ann Marie said this abandoned building use to be the town chemist.

Ann Marie spoke of this pub which was very traditional. I unfortunely never got a chance to go into the pub but she said it was very old fashioned and was well worth going in. Balitore has a nice traditional Irish music pub scene.

This seems to be a creche, I think it is called the Market House.

This is the Shaker store and sells traditional wooden furniture. Sadly it is closing down and is gone out of business.

Me taking a snap of the side window. You can see some furniture.

More images of the history of the town

This pub being O'Connor pub is very important in the town. The O'Connor family own a cinema which is not in use anymore. I will go more into that later. :)

When we arrived in Balitore we met Loais who greeeted us. She is a local and was very nice. She runs the Geise Youth Drama and was telling us of a project she will be doing wth the youth, she works alot with teenagers. She allowed us to use the creche as a meeting room and for interviewing. We came to the creche to chillax during the day. That is Kim, Avirl and Stephen my collage mates, we were organising our day and notes for interviewing.

I took some pictures of these advertisments to get a sense of the community activities which happen in the town.

First stop, meeting Terry one of the few Quakers left. He greeted us kindly. Terry gave us a brief history on quakernism in Ireland. Quakers came to Ireland in 1685 from the US. He also explained about the Quaker religion saying that it is a friendship circle, there is no leadership, no hierarchy eveyone is equal. The quaker religion seems very interesting that God is in everyone, they meet in the meeting house and have a silent gathering every week. They are passive, neutral and unlike christionanity they don’t swear oaths, dress plain and simple, they don’t celebrate an important occasion, everyday is important and they are honest people.
You can read more informarion on Quakernism in Ireland. - http://www.quakers-in-ireland.ie/

Sorry for the picture being blurry, I did feel abit awkward taking the photo while Terry was talking. That is him on the right corner and my classmates observe.

This was a a very interesting part of the day. We were talking to the Geise Youth Drama and that is Avril coordinating the talk. As you can see we also recorded the meeting. We asked them was their much to do for teenagers in Balitore and the answer was no. The only thing is the drama group and many of the teenagers aren't from Balitore. The youth seemed very ambitious and have attended many drama festivials and workshops. They said they would love to see a youth cafe in the town centre and they believe it is going to happen. They seem very into music and would like to see gigs and band performances in the youth cafe. Giving there were into drama and they talked abit about stage make up and costume making, I was going to tell them about cosplay but felt odd doing so. I know I have to get cosplay out into the open but I just kinda felt it wasn't appropiate yet. It was fantastic seeing the teenagers being so will powered and passionate about drama. Loais was saying it really gives them somwething to do and hope for. That is why I feel hobbies are so important, they could actually have an impact on your career and they do give you something to live for.

After we spoke to the Geise Youth Drama, one of the girls who helps Loais with the drama group took a few of us to the old town cinema. This really fascinated me and was my favourite part of the day. It was a small shed from the outside but in the inside..

It was a big cinema theatre. That was an eye opener. I love the way it is very retro.

This was the town cinema and it stopped running in 1953. I was fascinated by this cinema as it was retro and had such protental for the town. The O’Connor family who ran the main pubs in the town own the cinema and use to run screenings there but have no interest at all nowadays to re-open to the public. The cinema is only used for certain festivals and well known worldwide actor Gabriel Bynne has a connection to Balitore as he is from there. Ann was saying Gabrial has done some film workshops with the youth in the town. We were discussing afterwards how the cinema can be a great use to the town like a film club, the youth drama could do plays there, have balls and it cold make the town distingtive and give character for tourists but the owners have no interest so sadly there is nothing that can be done.

Towards the end of the day we had a look at the Quaker burials ground which Terry spoke of earlier. The burial was a bit out of the town. It was abit of adventure going to the burial ground.

Finally our last stop being the mill. It was raining when we got there so I didn't get many photos but it was really nice and well kept. I snuck behind the back and looked through the window, it was empty and creepy clean.

I had to say going to Balitore that was quite an experience. We didn't get to meet many locals but the people we spoke to were interesting. People were happy to give us information. Before Balitore I didn't know about the Quaker religion and I learned alot of new things. I thought it was interesting to see a traditional village as living in Dublin everything is very modern. As I said my favourite part of the day was the retro cinema. The town has so much protental and it would be interesting to see if the teenagers get their youth cafe and see if thing change. What we discovered was there is a big divide in age groups and ways of thinking. The older generation are conservative and are happy to sit at home and watch TV, they don't want change, the younger generation give out there is nothing to do and many are ambtions. The older ones are wating for the younger ones to make change.

The next step is to do a cultural map of the town as I am one of the designers I have to plan out the map and then we show each another our ideas, the next time we are back in college. It should be fun and I will try and show some images of the map. :)