SciFi World Stockholm 2014

November 30, 2014

Since the rather lacklustre Gamex / Comiccon, I’ve been looking forward to Sci-fi World Stockolm 2014. My main reason for going was that I wanted to see a lot of cosplayers, and because gamex had been a mixed event, I was hoping Sci-fi World would offer a large pool of cosplayers. You might ask why I’m interested in cosplayers? It’s obviously because I want to take pictures of them, they’re great models because, they want to have their picture taken and they often have an interesting look to them.

I had talked to Bo and Johan, they both were going, but they wanted to go on Sunday, the event spans Saturday through Sunday. I didn’t really have any pressing plans for Saturday, but I gave in, mostly out of three reasons. One, It’s always fun with some company. Two, Saturday, being the opening day, would probably be totally full and last but not least; three, I didn’t have any plans for Sunday either.

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The event started at 10 AM Sunday morning, but because I had pulled a late nighter Saturday, I slept in until 11 AM. I left my house around 11:30 and arrived at Älvsjö (Stockholmsmässan) at roughly twelve o’clock. There was a queue, but not long enough to be irritating. I had barely walked into the main hall before my phone rang, Bo called to see if I had cancelled my plans to visit the event, after some back and forth directions and triangulation we were able to find each other.

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I had sent a text message earlier to Johan, but he sadly couldn’t make it; I did however try to guilt trip him, and told him how awesome the event was going to be. I don’t think he bought it; or if he did, I don’t think he cared enough to be bothered.

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Anyway, walking along the very small main hall, I noticed that there really only were lots of stands selling stuff and almost no cosplayers. But the place was well lit, so I had that going for me (Gamex/Comiccon had been so dark I could barely take any pictures).

I circled the main hall for around 3 hours, waiting for cosplayers to show up. Finally I gave up, I guess everybody had been there Saturday, and didn’t see any need in going twice to the event.

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However, the few cosplayers that did attend during Sunday, were mostly Star Wars people; I tried taking some pictures of them, but needless to say, if you’ve seen one storm trooper, you’ve basically seen them all.

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All in all, I think Saturday would’ve been a great day for photography. Sunday — not so much. But I did buy a couple of magic the gathering booster packs, which is nice.

Either these events are bad for photography, or I’ve set my expectations ridiculously high.

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