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People all over the world come together to live out their fantasies through LARPing, or live action role playing, where they create characters such as knights, zombies, goblins, or just about anything their imagination can think up and wage battle against one another. As described on the main website it's "like King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Renaissance Fairs except you're the HERO."
Here, a non playing character, or NPC, pauses in front of the board where each character's points are recorded before the climatic battle at a weekend event through NERO West. As a NPC, his character helped drive the story forward, but he did not earn points himself.
This was taken at my first weekend documenting the people and characters who LARP, and he kept mentioning to me that I have to be there to photograph the costume he created for the final battle. I was photographing everyone getting ready when he pulled me aside for a photo. I didn't spend much time taking it because it felt so posed compared to the other photographs where I documented their fantasy world. Later it became one of my favorite images because of the pride in his face, which is so much of what LARPing is really about.
Also by Darlene Bouchard
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