Otaku Festival in Tijuana, BC with Marietta Photography

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Anime conventions have ceased to be the same since I left my teen years behind. They were lands full of dreams, fantasy and the occasional treasure hunt. I continue to love them, but in a different way. Working in tech journalism keeps you in this world, permanently. Though I still enjoy it, I am never there for “leisure”.

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This weekend was a little different. I made my way into Tijuana, as I usually do. The plan was the usual – a series of nights out, grilled steak and the most delicious hangover meals in existence. In between all those paramount events there was the Otaku Festival.

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The Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) was the Mecca for all anime lovers that Saturday, May 3rd. There was a plethora of cosplayers and interesting trinkets. From miniature swords to ornate props, attendees could ease their Japanese vices there.

You really can’t miss a chance like this; I had to take some shots. I did capture some of the usual cosplayers and interesting costumes, but I wanted something different. What about those who are there for work, like I usually am?

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The founder of Tijuana-based Marietta Photography & Design has become one of the most popular cosplay photographers in the area. I have the privilege of calling her my friend (I actually call her my sister), so paying her a visit and taking a few shots was definitely in the checklist.

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I believe I found a healthy balance between cosplayer photographs and what I really was in search of. The “behind the scenes”, or so-called grass roots of the event… or more like my sister’s business.

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The sun was burning and the CECUT became more alive as the evening approached. But of course, Tijuana is always eventful at night… especially that day.

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2 thoughts on “Otaku Festival in Tijuana, BC with Marietta Photography

  1. Que bonito post bro!! Gracias por haberme acompañado, te la rifas! y me da gusto que hayas aprovechado para hacer estas fotos tan hermosas, me encanta tu estilo, ya sabes 😉 ♥

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