So Denmark is not that big (California is 411.000 km ² compared to Denmark 43.000 km² - the numbers alone should give you an idea about the sizes.....) and thus some events are not as big as they are in USA. The smaller size comes with advantages, as events are not as busy and can be nicer to attend because of this.
Once a year in this town, in a local community house that is a half hour train ride outside Copenhagen, two huge Star Wars fans arrange this Star Wars event in May. It is taking place just this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. It started some years back mostly in private, but as it grew more and more, some people asked if it could be open to the public as well. Since then, they have held this event every May open to the public. Some dealers from Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and such will come with loads of Star Wars stuff you can buy. They also include other things such as Legos, masks, and more.
I went there for my first time back in 2009, when one of my new friends mentioned it to me. Usually going to this kind of thing is like going into a new world for me, because I don’t know anyone there at all. So off I went with my camera and asked permission to take some photos which was granted as long as they got to see the photos as well. Since then I’ve made a few friends who dress up as Jedi, V, etc - you get the idea. They do parades and show fighting they have choreographed themselves, inspired by the Star Wars movies. Kids can play-fight against a Jedi and you can have a good talk with the guest actors, who enjoy their time there. One of the guest actors I’ve talked with quite a few times and I’m always amazed at how much they give back to the fandom of Star Wars. No silly question is left unanswered and they are more than happy to talk about their time and experiences with a movie that not many people at the time believed would live this long. There is always something to talk about and even something new after more than 30 years since the first movie came out.
This weekend summer is finally here and I can’t help but feel a little sorry for those wearing their costumes in this heat. The temperature is to be around 80 Fahrenheit and humid I bet. Have you ever tried to look into the helmet of characters like Darth Vader? Trust me, it is like a sauna in there. Plus the costume is not just something they have sewn together. Everything has to be as real and close as to the original as possible - for the hardcore fans/costumes. We are not talking about just a Halloween outfit. I’ve heard some are spending thousands of dollars on their costumes and some don’t stop at just one costume. I know some even have like 4 or 5 different costumes, just so they can change between them or wear the ones they prefer that day. That’s devotion!
Devotion is one thing the actors both admire and sometimes think is taking it just a bit too far. One of the actors told of an experience he had some years back at a Star Wars event in Germany I think it was. At this event, when some other guards were passing by (I think), this small kid comes over and tugs at the guards weapon. The weapons are plastic, but they can be touchy about their costumes attire, because of the time and money spent on them. The guard tries to explain to the kid, that he has to let go of the weapon, but the kid doesn’t listen to him. Then an little older kid dressed in a Darth Vader costume stops by, looks at the commotion, and looks back up at the guard. He say “attention” and the guard stands at attention, finally getting the weapon out the tugging kids hand. Then the kid dressed as Darth Vader simply says, “Carry on” and the guard follows him, walking away. Trust me, they had a blast. All children, besides some that get overwhelmed, have a blast at the Star Wars event. Some even dress up as their favorite character and take part in the best costume contest.
It can be tricky. Even when it is small there are still a lot of people coming in: families with kids, fans of the Star Wars series, and guest actors attending. The talking can be loud (the humming noise of talking that is) and watching things taking place around one day sure knocks me out when I come back home in the evening. I’ve grown to like it, maybe because I do my photos as well, which helps time fly. This year was a bit different from last time (I’m typing this at 11:30pm my time – Paris timezone if you want to look it up), this time they had a local band playing Star Wars music for about 30 minutes inside, which was good as it was just way too hot and humid at that moment. There wasn’t as many guest, but hopefully they will come Sunday.
The Quiet Photographer