Kids of Cosplay Combines the Ordinary and the Extraordinary in One Stunning Photobook

London-based photographer Thurstan Redding’s first book is an exploration of the world of cosplay like you’ve never seen it before. Extraordinary outfits are photographed in the most ordinary of places creating a series that blurs the lines between fiction and fashion. cosplay kids it is the accumulation of three years of work, which all started with a chance meeting.

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a book, movie, or video game. It’s hugely popular around the world, and every year comic book conventions (or “cons”) attract hundreds, if not thousands, of fans, all eager to show off their detailed, often handmade, outfits. Popular cosplay characters include the Incredible Hulk, Stormtroopers, Deadpool, and Superwoman, but the list of who you could go for is practically endless.

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CPO3 – the humanoid robot of Star Wars (Image credit: Thurston Redding of Kids of Cosplay)

Redding was first introduced to cosplay on the streets of Los Angeles and, a few months later, on the DLR in London. Intrigued by the attention to detail and sense of community that surrounds cosplay, in 2018 he attended ComicCon in London with casting director Finlay MacAulay.