Cosplay events are the most photographed parts of fan conventions, because it is so easy to get lost in the noisy whirl of highly detailed costumes and stunning make up. But what about their eyes and expressions?

Here are 21 portraits of cosplayers from the 2015 Hungarocon (the 35th science-fiction gathering of Hungary) held last Saturday in Budapest, as seen from a bit different point of view: I tried to focus not on the costume but on the wearer, showing through their eyes that there is a unique individual person behind every extraordinary fictional character.

Esther Blanchett (Trinity Blood)

USCM Colonial Marine (Aliens)

Nox (Stargate)

A pirate woman (N/A)

Imperial stormtrooper (Star Wars)

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Seras Victoria (Hellsing)

Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon)

Miss Fortune (League of Legends)

Darth Maladi (Star Wars)

Tusken Raider (Star Wars)

Sona (League of Legends)

Asterix and Obelix

Jake (Avatar)


Gamora (Guardians of The Galaxy)

Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad (Assassin’s Creed 1.)

Syndra (League of Legends)

Enji Night as Supergirl

Ryltha von Felis (a steampunk pirate woman)

A Cobra trooper (G.I. Joe)

Photos: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo