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Offbeat Portraits Of Role Players Take Viewers Into A Riveting, Fictitious World
By Yoon Sann Wong, 25 Jun 2015
German documentary photographer Felix von der Osten‘s photobook, titled ‘Alter Ego’, features dedicated Live Action Role-Play (LARP) participants dressed in medieval get ups photographed either at festivals or in the subject’s home.
Inspiration for this project came after Osten attended ‘Medieval Spectaculum’–a cultural event in Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city.
The experience had left such a deep impression on him that the photographer spent the next two years visiting similar celebrations and gatherings.
Attending LARP festivals dressed in modern clothing and accompanied by camera gear had posed challenges for Osten. Since players stay devotedly in character, Osten’s starkly contrasting appearance and photographing often drew perplexed expressions.
Osten took to adopting an old German dialect as a means of blending into this unique environment.
He explained on Feature Shoot that these Live Action Role-Players were some of the most self-aware and confident people he had ever encountered.
You can view some of the images below and head over to Osten’s website to discover more of his work.
[via Feature Shoot, images via Felix von der Osten]
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