If There Were A Magazine Called Suburban Wookiee, These Photos Would Be inside

In this series by Japanese photographer Mako Miyamoto, "wookiees" abound, in all sorts of everyday situations and casual recreations. The photos, featured on his websites Neon Werewolf and Mako Miyamoto.com, even have a companion video called The Wookie Boogie. 

Why Miyamoto chooses to give his subjects wookiee masks but no other costuming is unclear, although he has been quoted in a prior interview about his affinity for masks. A variety of pop culture references can be found in Miyamoto's photographs; his work is an amalgamation of many artistic influences. He explains, 

"Growing up I was always fascinated by comic books; spending countless hours pouring over the art, savoring each line and stroke. Sam Keith, Todd McFarlane, Dale Keown, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Jim Lee… the list goes on and on. Drawing was an obsession for me, and the weird, monster infested world that these artists created was my inspiration. In college I pursued a major in fine arts, but changed course halfway through to design, which took me into the world of advertising. Later on, I picked up a camera and found that I enjoyed capturing the world around me, and with it, I could bring some of the magic and mystery back into the world I love so much as a child...

I get my inspiration from all over; thrift stores, books, movies, open spaces, the coast, clouds, Stanley Kubrick, Portland, John Carpenter, the golden hour, the way that reflections create an unreachable reality, things that are orange, and the ocean. But not necessarily in that order."

Via Beautiful Decay






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