The Legend of Cosplayers

I’ve been nicked for another cosplay shoot! Woo! My excitement cannot be contained.

A old college friend of mine, Rachel, had contacted me a little while ago regarding a shoot in one of her outfits. She had seen my shoot with Chris back in March, and decided she wanted to get in on that. And I was more than happy to oblige.

After a few weeks, we managed to finalise a day to shoot together, and she took me out to Newstead Abbey. As it turns out, the Abbey have their own Japanese Garden area, which was spot on for Rachel’s character: Korra.

For context, and those who aren’t aware, Korra is the titular character of Nickelodeon's The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, which is in turn the follow up programme to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Now I personally haven’t watched either of the shows through to the end, but I had seen enough of Avatar to get a basic understanding of the style of the shoot. It centres around a character who is born as the Avatar: one who has to master psychokinectic Chinese-styled martial arts (known as bending) to keep the peace of the land. Each style of bending is based around one of the four elements: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.

I took my tent out with me once more, so Rachel had a place to change (I love that thing). As soon as she was ready, we made our way over to the Japanese Garden, and got straight into the shoot.

Rachel’s cosplay skills are really impressive, and her Korra costume is no exception to her efforts as a designer! The wig alone had to be tampered with to make it into the correct style (and if anyone has any experience with synthetic wigs, you understand her pain..). The location of the Japanese Garden really helped bring the character out, that we wouldn’t have gotten from any other location in my opinion. Even though the source material is a Western animated show, it does have a lot of referential items towards anime and Japanese culture.

So during the shoot, we covered many poses of Korra herself. The bending within the show is extremely fluid, and Rachel was excellent at mimicking the style of Korra (as Korra.. obvs). We got to explore the different poses of each style of bending: Korra, being the newest reincarnation of the Avatar, we needed to recreate a key pose from each style of bending.

Rachel is incredibly active, and does many an activity, including kickboxing. So we (I say ‘we’, I mean Rachel) decided to throw some moves! Not dance moves though, or I would have joined in on that. I have moves for DAYS!

We got some many good shots from that day. I really enjoyed shooting with Rachel, but I feel like it was a difficult shoot to capture in still images. I would love to work with Rach again, as Korra, but to capture it as a video to get those pure fluid movements. Maybe it’s cheating, because I sucked at capturing that ‘movement’ within a still image. Ah well. Regardless, I’m looking forward to digging into these and getting these done!

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