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.
I hope to publish some of these photographs and accompanying short biographies in a fine art photography book.
Any proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
I'm committed to realizing no profit from any aspect of this personal project.
If you think you qualify for the project and if you'd like to participate, please send me an email or give me a call.
In compensation for your participation, at the end of your portrait session, you'll be provided with electronic files (JPGs) representing your selected and corrected photographs which can be used for any non-commercial purpose, including personal self-promotion.
When I provide these free, personal-use photographs in exchange for participating in my project, you'll give up a bit of your time in order to receive amazing photographs you can enjoy for a lifetime.
It's my hope that project participants will use the files I provide to make photographic prints for their own walls or also share these photographs with their close friends and family.
Portrait sessions for this project are most often scheduled over several days at my home studio in Pasadena. You can get in touch with me using the information found on my contact page for more information or if you'd like to be added to the participant waiting list.
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!
Any of the trademarks, design rights, or similar rights that may be associated with the uniforms or costumes worn by some subjects and featured in my photography are the property of their respective owners. Rob Greer Photography is neither endorsed by
nor affiliated with any of the holders of those rights.