This project explores archetypal heroes and villains—and the people behind the masks and makeup.
More important than the photographs are the background stories of the people who wear these costumes. My project is an exploration of individuals and how their cosplay relates to their lives, loves, and dreams.
The Making Faces Project began when Hyperion Books (a division of Disney) commissioned me to photograph Rorke Denver for the cover of his novel, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior.
Rorke is a pretty amazing guy. In addition to his work as an author, he was also the star of the film Act of Valor. During his 13-year career in the Navy, he led SEAL missions in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East specializing in maritime interdiction, hostage rescue, counter-insurgency, hydrographic beach reconnaissance, airborne assault boat deployments, and counter-narcotics.
Denver was also an officer in charge of SEAL Team Three platoon in Iraq's Al Anbar Province where he conducted more than 190 missions including sniper operations, direct assaults, special reconnaissance, and ground patrols. Rorke was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for valorous action in combat.
During one of our pre-production calls for his photo shoot, Rorke asked if his brother Nate could also attend the photo session. I was quick to say yes but after asking a few questions, I discovered that Nate was a Houston firefighter. I realized that I had a rare opportunity to photograph two heroic archetypes in highly recognizable uniforms. From those beginnings, the “Making Faces Project" was born.
David Baxter, a Making Faces Project participant, sat for me dressed as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane (Game of Thrones) and later entered one image from our session in a photo contest judged by George R. R. Martin. The video clip below shows the results!
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