I was born and raised in Scotland, and I'm currently studying Psychology at the University of St. Andrews'. Among other things I'm a producer for the local radio station, a long-time player and DM of pen-and-paper roleplaying games, a budding photographer, an on-off fantasy writer, JRPG fanatic, scholar of tokusatsu and owner of possibly the most awesome hat ever.
My website is Cosplay Snap, something that I set up just before Amecon 2007 as a way to expand my interest in photography into proper on-site photo shoots. I would like to be a full-time photographer at some point, but right now I just do it for the fun and experience.
I had been interested in cosplay for ages but I never had the time, money or opportunity to do it until Ayacon Five back in 2004, which was my first anime convention. I snapped up the opportunity and thanks to that, I met so many wonderful friends there.
I've got big ambitions for cosplay but that tends to get hampered by my rampant perfectionism and insistence on getting it right the first time (which as any good cosplayer will tell you is not the way to go). My sewing skills are quite frankly rubbish and I've only ever modded existing clothes.
With my recent interest in photography it's hard to find the time and money to pursue cosplay but with two huge (and difficult) projects lined up for 2008, I'm going to give it my all to get back in the cosplay game.
Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:55:35 GMT
On the Saturday night of Expo, my shoulder bag (the one I carry everywhere with me) was taken from me sometime at Fox's. I left it in a pile of our bags literally right next to the table a group of us were hanging around, and it was missing when I went to retrieve it at closing time.
Having looked for it all Sunday and gotten no leads, I was forced to report it stolen the next day.
The bag contained roughly £800 of items and equipment, including (but not limited to):
- My DSLR camera and the F2.8 17-80mm Sigma lens I bought for it, with both of my memory cards and all my photos from Friday/Saturday.
- My flashgun.
- My passport.
- My return rail ticket (which cost me £113 to replace on the day).
- My railcard (which meant I didn't even get a discount on the rail ticket).
- My PSP, including the game within the system at the time and the memory card containing all of my save data.
If you think you have any information on what happened, please contact me ASAP. My shoulder bag was a green/dark beige satchel/bookbag with a sword keyring (actually a replica of Lightning's Blazefire Sabre from Final Fantasy XIII) hanging from it. I believe it was taken between 11pm and midnight. We were sitting all night in the upper section of the ground floor of Fox's, the bit with the sofas overlooking the main floor.
Other than that, Expo was a lot of fun. Friday was chill and I got to spend a lot of time trying out the different game stalls and catching up with people. Saturday had me meeting up with kazzisato for the first time in forever, and we had a blast together between trolling mutual fandom friends with obscure doujins and taking photos with Bad Touch!Mario. I also attended the panel with Gideon Emery (Balthier in Final Fantasy XII), which I was really looking forward to. The day ended with us watching the awesome EuroCosplay finals, though sadly, Kazzi had to jet off midway through for her last train back. Erin's birthday party that night was fantastic; hanging out with people at Fox's is one of the main reasons I come to Expo. Sunday was (because of the bag thing) less fun for me, though I did take some cosplay photos with my iPhone, watch Goldy's tutorial on armour-making and get to admire Phil's Priss cosplay up close.