Scathing eyes ask that we be symmetrical, one sided and easily processed. Yet every misshapen spark’s unseen beauty is greater than its would be judgement.

I had the opportunity to shoot with Lady Aurora, Naiagu Cosplay and Ibixii Cosplay’s punk-inspired RWBY cosplay at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco. The outfits were really well done, and I loved the edgier look for each of the characters. It was great to see how each cosplayer envisioned a punk fashion look for their character!

My Vision

To me, punk is synonymous with grainy film; a very lo-fi and contrasty look. I wanted the photos to have that same kind of feel, so I primarily shot with my expired Fuji Reala 500D cinema film. The film has the grain that I was looking for. Paired with my Summicron-M 35mm ASPH and Summilux-M 50mm ASPH lenses, I was able to achieve that modern and real look; not clean and glamorous, but a rough kind of beauty.