I play a lot of video games, but The Witcher isn’t one of them. I’m more of a Zelda: Breath of the Wild girl. Or Stardew Valley. Not that I don’t like other games, I just enjoy those more.
Nathan is a big fan of The Witcher (understandably) and has been working on his Geralt cosplay for a long time. He told me like 6 times to play The Witcher, like I got time for that. I have a farm to take care of. Mayo doesn’t make itself.
This one took a lot to get together, cos it’s a lot of makeup and driving. Make-up took about an hour before we drove 2 hours to a farm on the South Gippsland highway. We ate fish and chips in the back seat. After some location scouting on the farm, we got all our shit together to shoot. We started in a kind of a pine forest, which made horrifying sounds like all the trees were about to fall down. If you looked up you could see them all swaying and creaking. We actually found a couple of animal skulls (we think fox and sheep) that we set up for some photos - I insisted if we moved them we’d all be cursed, so I guess I’m cursed now.
We spent a while there, playing with cameras and drones etc, before we drove back up to another section of the farm. By this point, it was getting pretty dark cos we spent ages in the pine foresty bit. We were going to set up a campfire scene, but the fading light and heavy costume got us realising we maybe needed to rush. We lit a survivor tiki torch and went through a fence to a wooded area with a sharp incline to test out the light. I was pretty convinced that a single flame wouldn’t be enough light to focus a camera, but it turned out much better than I thought and we made some of the most dynamic images yet.
We definitely ran out of time for everything we wanted to do, next time we need to plan better. But we did great overall! Nathan’s wig and make-up were by Kirsty Nisbet of Twisted Gelfling Cosplay.
I used to cosplay a whole lot when I was in my early 20s, and although I don’t do it so much anymore I follow a lot of cosplay pages on Facebook. I was real excited when my friend Nathan asked if I could do some photos of his Metal Gear Solid cosplay cos he was super proud of it. And duh, I said yes. We were lucky that daylight savings was on because we didn’t get out to location until about 6:30 which would normally be already dark, and we were finished by around 8pm! It was a good chill time and you can’t even tell we’re standing next to a carpark in a residential area.
Thanks Nathan for good party time in the Dandenongs and for singin Ben Folds all the way home.
Costume & Talent: Nathan Wright
Make-Up: Kirsty Nisbet
Model: Sara Bolch
HMUA: Sara Bolch
Wardrobe: Sara Bolch/Greta Punch
I’ve been trying to work on my photography more lately. I’ve been taking a lot of paid jobs, which is excellent, but I haven’t done anything of my own creation for such a long time… maybe even since I finished at RMIT (which is 5 years ago!).
I decided to put a callout for models and artists who wanted to make some images with me just to build both our portfolios. Elijah responded and came over one afternoon - sadly we’d missed all the afternoon sun which is what I wanted to use so it was an exercise in improvisation as well. We were happy with our results! I look forward to working with Elijah a lot more, we make good stuff.
Kain, 22, Gay
When did you first realise you were gay?
When I was about five, I noticed I liked boys. And I had, like, Spice Girls posters. The first CD I ever bought was the Spice Girls. My mum was like, “Do you like boys?” and I was like “…no…”
What issues matter most to you?
I don’t have my own reality TV show, and Lara Bingle does. And that upsets me.
Emily, 17, Queer
When did you first realise you were queer?
“I think I was probably about 12 - but I didn’t start, like, toying with the possibility ‘til i was about 14, which is when i put a name to it.”
What do you think the future holds for queer people?
“I think the world’s getting much more accepting of queer people, and maybe ten/twenty years from now when acceptance is at an all-time high, that queer people will be celebrated rather than ostracised.”
Jack, 22, Gay
Who is the most important person in your life?
Mum. Mummy. She’s always there, she always will be. Until she dies, of course.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I’m either in Australia, working freelance doing something creative, or I’m overseas doing something similar. I guess… it’s really hard to project because I’m at that age in my life where I’m beginning as an adult… I don’t know, to be honest. But, I just want to be doing something creative.
Alice, 20, Queer
What issues matter to you most?
I’m pretty into feminism, intersectional feminism. So, most of my activism is concentrated into queer activism, which means at uni, at Minus18, I get involved in other projects, I have a broad sense of issue - race issues, women’s issues…
Try to imagine your life ten years from now… where are you?
At 30? I’m either a cynical burnt-out high school teacher, or I’m still really engaged in queer activism and I’ve actually managed to be in a position to do that and be financially secure.
Ella, 18, Lesbian
What do you think think the future holds for queer people?
I think it can only get better from here on. I think, in any sort of rights movement, there’s going to be steps backwards while we’re trying to move forward. People are going to do stupid things, but as an overall, even just in the time when I’ve been alive, I’ve seen such a massive change in people’s outlook, and I think it can only get better from here on.
Who knows, and how did they find out?
Pretty much anyone who’s close to me knows, my friends know because I told them, although some of them suspected it pretty early on. My family knows… well, I used to live with my grandparents and I slowly broke it to them - I gave them little pointers and then one day, quite abruptly I said “You guys know that I’m gay, right?” and… yeah, that was kind of how I came out to them.
When did you first realise you were gay?
I think when I was about 10 or 11, and I had an unhealthy obsession with Xena and Wonder Woman, and it used to be something that I used to sneak away from my family and sort of watch it, and it was covert and… yeah, I realised maybe it wasn’t just because they were cool and badass, it was because they were also really attractive.
Do you feel different from your straight friends?
Yes and no - I think, I’m pretty much, you know, I don’t do things that are specifically gay; I don’t go gay clubbing, don’t wear a lot of rainbows, I don’t do a lot of that kind of thing, but at the same time I’m aware that there are differences, especially in my relationship with things like the division of labour, you know, everything is equal 50/50, that sort of thing, so when it comes to being when I’m single, it doesn’t feel different, but when I’m in a relationship it feels really different because you see other straight people in relationships and it’s, you know, “boys only do this, girls only do that” and it’s really quite structured. I like the freedom of doing whatever the hell I want.
What issues matter to you most?
I think, for me - I’m an Athiest - and I think one of the biggest issues is the impact of religion in society. Not so much here in Australia - I mean, there is still an impact - but around the world, with the oppression of people, mostly women, and just how cruel it is and I think for me, in a cliched way, I’d like world peace.