As some of you may know or suspect, I am a devoted steampunk. I love the style, etiquette, and the overall self expression. For some it is simply an interest, for others it’s a fun diversion, and for weirdos like me it’s part of our lifestyle. I don’t (usually) go out with goggles on my head or anything, but I’ve had a fascination with the Victorian era since I was a kid. I have enjoyed building, tinkering, and creating things for as long as I can remember. Repurposing is an essential part of steampunk and well, I’ve pretty much done that my whole life. I probably get it from my grandfather, honestly. The man is 93 and he still builds contraptions (including furnaces) out of whatever he has lying around in his basement. It’s actually pretty amazing.
If for some reason my introduction has not already given you a good idea of what steampunk is, just picture Abraham Lincoln, but with an arm cannon. That’s steampunk. It is a fascinating and fun world of sci-fi, historical fiction, and steam-powered technology. It relies heavily on Victorian era etiquette and fashion, accompanied by Nikola Tesla and H.P. Lovecraft. Hand forged weapons are a must, while internal combustion engines are unheard of (that would then be considered dieselpunk).
Sooooooo, being the devoted steampunk and photographer that I am, on Saturday I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair in Jersey. I’ve known about it for years and at last had the chance to go! I went with my boyfriend, the airship pirate and had a great opportunity to work with the K-1. I shot with flash, which was another learning curve with the new camera. You know, full frame vs. cropped sensor and all. I did have the punked-out Pentax K-x with me, though, and got several compliments as a result! My awesomely hand forged Nerf guns and my costume were also complimented. Sky Captain Kira Hawke (my original character) would be proud.
Alright, I’m going to stop talking about myself now and show you the pics. If you want to get good at portrait shooting, incidentally, events like this are the place to do it. They offer no shortage of opportunities to photograph people. The fact that they are heavily costumed, outgoing, fun, and almost always open to having their photo taken, is a huge bonus. Just ask permission first!
Without further adieu, the photos…