This past weekend I was invited to join a group shoot at Fort Edmonton Park with a pretty awesome theme: Steampunk. I first discovered Steampunk some time last year when I was surfing around on Photobucket and found this image, which I thought was pretty neat. Steampunk fashion is pseudo-Victorian, and has strong ties to fantasy and science fiction. To quote Wikipedia:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc.
Although I have my regular group of "photonerds" that I hang out and shoot with, I figured this group shoot would be a good opportunity to meet a few new photographers and shoot a few models I'd never shot before. Not to mention the super cool location that is Fort Edmonton!
Most of the models I had the opportunity to photograph had little-to-no experience modeling, they're just big fans of the Steampunk style and had put a lot of time and effort into their costumes. A big thanks to all the models and photographers who came out, and a special thank-you to Ian MacDonald of Aragondina Photography for setting the whole thing up!
Click the image below to see more of my shots from the day on flickr.