Bright, detailed costumes are an obvious place for a camera to land, so at the beginning, I photographed the cosplayers. But pacing the cavernous halls of the London Excel between LonCon3 panels, I found my eye turning to something a little less obvious: the t-shirts. Here were 5,000 people with the desire to express themselves through screen-printed cotton. I could write a Master’s thesis on this shit.
The range of t-shirts was immense, and my photographs barely begin to cover it. If I’d been more scientific about it, I would have planted myself in one place and photographed every single t-shirt that went by over a pre-set period of time. Then I would have switched spots and done it again. And again. And again. I would have ended up with thousands of photographs and a much larger range. As it is, I didn’t manage a single photo of a Genki Gear shirt, despite their presence in the vendors’ room and on many a torso. My photographs also barely covered the hundreds of Star Wars shirts and “Keep Calm and…” shirts wandering around. After geeky shirts, there were band shirts, and if you didn’t have a geeky shirt or a band shirt on, you probably were not wearing a t-shirt at all.
Here is what I did capture (Note: To see a photo in medium format click it. If you want to go even bigger, click it one more time):
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