I love this. The only word that comes to my mind to describe this as simply as possible is "genuine." As far as I can see, there is no evident/obvious manip here, and if there isn't, then none is needed. The lighting reflects the mood in an odd sort of way, and you just know that Axel's waiting for something. Since he's in Twilight Town, it's probably Roxas, but the setting is just so obscure and mysterious that all you can do is wonder along with it.
Aside from the photo itself, let me just say that you are an absolutely astronomical Axel cosplayer. The Organization XIII members are all quite curvaceous, and your figure is perfection for every Org. XIII cosplay you do. I discovered Demyx Time a few years ago and I quite enjoy your adaptation of Axel a might bit more than the actual Squenix one. I'm not a cosplayer myself, nor am I a big traveler, but I hope one day that I'll be able to meet both you and Jenn at a convention. Cheers!