Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Hidden behind the closed doors of our neighbors may live two different people. The person we see on the street, and the one who dons an elaborate costume to live an alternative life behind closed doors. Photographer Klaus Pichler takes us on a journey of people and their costumes with a look at both the real and the fantasy. The amazing costumes are made even more incredible by Pichler’s careful framing of the pictures in home settings, bringing us a vision of both the costumed persona and the reality lives of his subjects. The combination of fascinating costumes and simple settings create stories more enticing than an in character shot. Have fun!