Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I moved to Arizona and began a new adventure with Reality Reimagined.
With my zipcode now belonging to the south-west, I was able to more easily take advantage of events that occurred in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. One of those being Power-Con, a Masters of the Universe convention.
I had long since wanted to attend this convention to get the chance to meet the actors that brought one of my earliest childhood memories to life, or stroll through the rows of vendors and see their treasures that I once owned long ago.
What I encountered at my first Power-Con became so much more than I could have expected.
The first thrill was meeting Angela Bermúdez and getting the chance to photograph with her in both her amazing cosplays of Teela and Evil-Lyn. She is such a talented, beautiful and engaging person to be around. She is a brilliant cosplayer and artist; her work is second to none. We shot briefly on both days of the con, in a small forgotten hallway of the convention and it was an honor to work with her.
When I first walked into the main convention room filled with artists and vendors, my eyes immediately landed on a crew of three fellas that would turn this trip into a adage for living life to the fullest, as you never know what or who you will encounter.
I approached the three cosplayers, dressed as He-Man, Man-at-Arms and Ram-Man and started explaining my work as a photographer, Photoshop artist and a new transplant to Arizona. The most astonishing part was they all were from the same area of Phoenix, one of them just a few blocks from the house I was living in. We worked together for a few brief minutes in the same hallway and started a friendship that I hope continues through all of the cosplay, pop-culture memories we can explore.
Ben Dickinson as He-Man is just brilliant. The man is of course a testament to the dedication of health and fitness, but he is just a good guy to know. He stepped into the character very quickly and I told him that I felt like I was reliving the many hours I spent as a kid weaving adventures with “the most powerful man in the universe.” Trey Moore as Man-at-Arms is the comedian of the group and definitely keeps the others on their toes during a shoot. Roy Garcia as Ram-Man was a breeze to work with as he is also a photographer and definitely can play on both sides of the camera.
I had already met Freddie Novack when I had arrived in Phoenix and had the privilege of working with her before I had attended Power-Con. I got in touch with her immediately and told her about my encounter with the three boys. She had already worked with them and soon she was standing in front of me as the Sorceress of Grayskull and together with Ben and Trey we continued our adventure. Freddie is amazing on all counts. She embodies each character she portrays and is brilliant with her creation and artistry. Stunningly beautiful, funny and charming – I love shooting with her and it usually has my face hurting from too much laughter.
When I started creating in Photoshop, this character, these stories were one of the first that I felt the inspiration to explore. As life took me in different directions, some of which I thought at the time were wrong or were hard to endure, it lead me to this place and I have been thankful ever since.
Cosplayers: Ben Dickinson as He-Man
Freddie Novack as the Sorceress
Angela Bermúdez as Teela
Roy Garcia as Ram-Man
Trey Moore as Man-at-Arms
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
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