I’d never been to Otakon and didn’t know it had gotten to capacity for the Baltimore Convention Center. It was lucky timing that I caught the convention the last year before it moves from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Originally started as a celebration of Japanese pop culture, Otakon has grown to include a variety of content. The center attraction are the incredible costumes. Attendees typically dress up in a favorite character, donning meticulously detailed and wonderfully creative costumes. Props can include enormous swords, shields, spiked hair, and wings. While I wasn’t familiar with most of the characters, I did spy some Disney and Star Wars costumes in the mix. Every costume is a bit of a reflection of the person who made it. My approach was “portrait-esque”, where I tried to capture both the character and the person playing the character. Many attendees were being asked to be photographed, so the challenge was getting quick, creative shots. Below are a couple photographs. The entire set from Otakon is being posted, a few shots a day, on my Instagram feed.