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© Darlene Bouchard
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UploadedMay 8, 2009
TakenNovember 4, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 20D
Exposure1/100 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
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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.

12 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 May 2009):

    Hell...Yeah! It rocks!

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (19 May 2009):

    WOW!! love it! my vote

  • *Tim Needles

    *Tim Needles gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    okay, AWESOME!

  • Jason Pierce

    Jason Pierce gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    This is such a cool shot!

  • benjamin jenks

    benjamin jenks said (5 Jun 2009):

    Great shot! These guys are fascinating. I recommend the documentary, Darkon. same crowd

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    if i tried to picture a LARPer just based on the word without knowing anything about what it meant, this is what i would imagine -- fantastic photo

  • patrizia burra

    patrizia burra said (8 Jun 2009):


  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    It's great! Thanks for explaining

  • Jon Schofield

    Jon Schofield gave props (14 Aug 2009):

    hell ya

  • J.C. Collier

    J.C. Collier gave props (23 Sep 2009):

    This is a hoot! Great shot.

  • rachelrobichaux

    rachelrobichaux gave props (1 Apr 2010):

    i definitely don't get the "posed" vibe. it truly shows the pride he has in that outfit and says a lot about this LARP culture. thanks for sharing!

  • Ry Pepper

    Ry Pepper gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful. I just love this.

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