This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He has raised his right hand as if he was trying to catch the passing fog.

“Dark Knight” self-portrait series part one

Back in November of 2015, I ordered a garment called “Knight Hoodie” from an American online shop that sells just this one piece of clothing. I had discovered the product while browsing 9GAG, in a post with the words “want” and “nerdgasm” in the title – my thoughts exactly. Previously, I had acquired an inexpensive black cape from Amazon and had been positively surprised by its quality and sleek appearance. And now, I had a stunning hoodie to match that would eventually start an ongoing self-portrait photography series.
This series isn’t meant to be chronological nor to depict re-enactments of medieval knighthood. Instead, I am using my cameras as a medium of communicating the feelings that extraordinary garments (like this one) evoke in the wearer’s mind.
TL; DR: These pictures aim to capture the feeling of awesomeness that I feel while wearing these medievally-inspired and yet modern clothes. Enjoy!

“Reading in the Fog”

This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He has raised his right hand as if he was trying to catch the passing fog.

“Fighting the Evil Spirits of the Dark”

This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He has raised both hands in a punching motion to the right and his fingers are mimicking the claws of a tiger. Behind the man, a red glow may be perceived. This stems from a car's rear lights that were accidentally recorded by the camera's long exposure.
The close-enough-to-epic red laser effect was created incidentally as a car passed behind the subject while the long exposure photograph was taken. Had the subject been standing further to the right of the image, it would have appeared as if there was a kind of red energy being emitted from the “tiger’s attack” hand gesture.

Unmasked

This photograph shows a narrow two-lane city street during foggy weather conditions. Due to the fog, the many street lamps appear as soft, floating sources of very unfocused light. In the middle of the street, the silhouette of a man wearing a black cape and dark grey pants can be seen. The man has turned away from looking at the camera and is looking to the right. He is facing the camera and is holding a face mask in his right hand. It seems as if the man has just taken off the mask and unveiled his identity.
The authentic Venetian mask used as a prop in this shot was handcrafted from real leather in Venice, Italy.

Camera settings for the photos varied: picture one and two share ISO 80, f/4.5, 5s  and number three was taken at ISO 80, f/5.6, 10s to reveal more detail about the mask. I used a Benro tripod to keep my trustee Sony DSC-HX50v digital camera steady.

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