The Still Photography Project
Most of you have seen our Zelda photos, or you likely wouldn’t have come here to begin with!
These are indeed only photos, and not part of the Advent of Darkness Teaser Trailer Project. The Zelda Project originally began in 2004 as a fun idea between two friends who wanted to make a full Ocarina of Time cosplay group for Anime Expo, an anime convention in Southern California.
However, like many creative ideas do, the project snowballed into something much larger than just a cosplay group for a convention. As many of us grew into the creative aspect of photoshoots, we decided that instead of creating the group for a convention, we wanted to create photosets instead. If we were going to put that much work into it, we wanted to properly document the costumes.
In 2007 our ideas evolved further with the concept of including more than just photos and cosplayers. We wanted to include all aspects of art. Having come across Annie Leibovitz’s first Year of a Million
Dreams advertisement in a magazine featuring Rachel Weisz as Snow White, we reveled at the approach of adding aspects beyond just the cosplayer and photo. Leibovitz’s photos seemed alive and full of magic to us, capturing the heart of what Disney was about.
To us, Zelda held that same magic and legendary tradition, and we wanted to express that through our photos. We decided to include 3D CGI visual effects, photo compositing, and set dressing. We began plotting locations around our home, and even beyond, that we might be able to transform into a believable Hyrule. We wanted to see if we could re-create Hyrule through our eyes, for your eyes.
Since then, we have worked steadily. Our first photoset The Lost Woods came out in Summer of 2010, and we are working hard to create many more for your enjoyment, including but not limited to Water Temple, Gerudo Valley, Ganondorf vs Link, Lon Lon Ranch, Link vs Volvagia and Fire Temple, and Kakariko Village.
We may not be fast at doing this, since the money that we put into this comes from our own pockets, but we guarantee you that despite the economic hardships of today, we will continue to perservere to our best abilities! Through our photos we hope to share our vision of Hyrule and bring a smile to your face.