I wouldn't have chosen to have a cosplay photography website, but it does give me an interesting perspective on photojournalism. I'm not sure how it changes my opinions, but it definitely does. Photos seem more real somehow, more significant, and at the same time there's a little guilt when I see something like this gallery of photos from the war
. Why don't we do stuff like that?
But of course, amazing though these images are, that's not what we do. And I flip through the series, and I see this perfectly wonderful photo.
It reminds me that there's a lot of emotional impact in these everyday things. More, because we know what it's like to catch a quick meal and get back to work. We've done it countless times. It's not a shocking photograph, but it does recontextualize things a little bit.
It's not merely possible to wring art from the everyday -- it's easier. The effect is different, but it still has power. And I like to think that even if we can't hit people like that, there's still some meaning to the photos.