When you’re a fan of Star Wars and costumes, the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion are two groups to keep your eyes on. The charitable organizations require members to have screen accurate costumes–that means every little detail is there and that fabric and armor materials have to be spot on. Such exacting specifications mean the finished costumes are beautiful, and when you have a talented photographer to capture them? Forget about it. That’s how I first came across the work of photographer Mark Edwards. I met him through Star Wars fandom and then saw his wonderful portraits of Legion members in their costumes.
Mark’s photos aren’t only limited to the world of Star Wars, obviously, but we’re going to start with one of his shots based on the gallery far, far away:
I particularly like this image because nailing good group shots doesn’t seem like an easy task. But here, the composition and pose aren’t quite like anything I’ve seen and it offers a different look at a familiar sandtrooper costume.
His images focused on a single subject also rock. For example, look at this Borderlands cosplayer:
You can see more examples of Mark’s work in the gallery below. Then, go give his Facebook page a like to see more photos or to hire him for a shoot.
Are you a cosplayer or cosplay photographer? I’d like to highlight your portfolio in an upcoming edition of Cosplay Friday. If you’re interested, please reach out to me via email at [email protected] Send me the photos you’d like me to feature (with credits for the cosplayers and/or photographers if you have them, please), and then I’ll send you back a release form. Easy as pie.
Images: Mark Edwards Photographer