The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2, was held this month in the South building at McCormick Place, Chicago. I have to give a lot of credit to those who run C2E2, and to the McCormick Place. Every time I come they have been very welcoming and responsible for the attendees. Thank you Team!
What I have noticed over the years at this event is the freedom people have to participate. I see more women playing in character without fear of harassment. I see the crowd obeying and doing their part to police the C2E2 "ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind". C2E2 does not have a problem ejecting you from the game if you do not comply. It is just very nice to see the public giving the policy full support, and people who have feared any type of harassment open up to their inner selves and participate.
People are kind to one another at this event. As a participant and vendor you need to know people will be taking photographs. If you are uncomfortable with that you do need to speak up. Me, as a photographer if I see signs of fear I will ask an individual before taking their photograph. If it is a stand alone child I want to photograph I will definitely ask their parent for permission. If a vendor's work appears proprietary I ask before taking a photograph of their booth. Everyone says "yes" and "thank you for asking". When I still sense fear after a "yes" I tell them how I will use the photograph in my blog, and give them my card. I do not want to push their comfort zone. Always feel free to say no to people!
This is a family friendly environment, though some of the costumes can be a bit more on the adult-side. What I find interesting in contrast, when photographing some of the female adult-side cosplayers, when I take just a couple select photographs they would like me to take more. I give credit to C2E2 for that, in that their Zero Tolerance Policy works, and that the cosplayer feels safe doing what they are doing. The cosplayer is doing something that makes them feel good. Something that they are proud of. All without fear.
This is a 3-day event, Friday thru Sunday. I started out Friday on the 5th floor of the South building so that I could photograph the cosplayers going to the "Meetup" room for their genre or other interests. The first few photographs are looking out the windows of that floor. McCormick Place is designed well to give you a view no matter what direction you look. A gift of the Architect and Chicago to you.
My interest in events like this is my photography and photographing cosplayers. When photographing the cosplayers I get to see the beautiful people they are. My challenge is to capture that in some way.
If you are in the photograph, you are free to download, and to E-mail me if you would like the full size image. If you are not in the photograph, please do not download. This blog and my photographs are not here for you personal collections of any kind. I too will protect the Zero Tolerance Policy of C2E2, and for any event that cosplayers participate which I photograph. (Links to My Copyright can be found at the top and bottom of this page.)
My bride and Barf making out . . .
My bride Christi was first in line so that we could have a decent enough seat to photograph from. After we were in the closest we could get was 6 or 7 rows back, because of reserved seating by special ticket holders. I think we did a good job given the circumstances.
The show started with a singing contest by selection of audience members. Unknown to the host when she selected him sitting down, was who she nicknamed "Crop Top Mario", who was actually in some sort of adult roll play version, complete with collar and chain. This was hilarious to watch as the host dealt with it to perfection.
Two of the nicest vendors in the above photograph. You can find out more about Albert The Alien go going to www.AlbertTheAlien.com, and www.TrevorAMueller.com.
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