Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Bye bye Community Photography Class

On Saturday, my community photography class ended it was not an accredit course so there is no certificate but I assumed that. I think it's was an interesting way to bring the community together and learn some new skills. So, it's nice to have my Saturday afternoons free but I'm going to miss it , particularly the banter and the great jokes.

I am so happy I attended,  it meant I got to meet some of the locals and improved my photography skills. It gives a better understanding of the principles of photography such as light, shadow composition and how to bring emotion into my photos. The most important thing, I've taken away is perspective and how to adapt my own position to take a photograph that captures the most impact. During the course consciously, I never thought I had learnt anything until I went to Glasgow I realised subconsciously; meaning I taken fewer photos but they all seem more aesthetically appealing and a superior quality.

Here are some of my favourites.

At the end, we had to produce a small theme of three to five photographs. I chose to birds of the park. Each seems, to sums up the various emotions that the wet and damp weather can stimulate. My favourite is the one with the bird in the tree it has an eerily atmospheric the reminded me of Hitchcock's The Birds. I think this is my preference for more darker and ominous darker images. I've slightly edited the pictures with Instagram filters.

I heard mentioned a potential for community photography event to promote what we have been doing and chance for people to showcase their favorite pieces. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

A Small Tribute to Pandemonium

So, I learnt from a Facebook friends post yesterday,  Pandemonium has shut in Whitby. I am feeling down about this as another goth shop has shut. I'm going, to be honest, and state I wasn't a frequent shopper, but every time I did visit Whitby it was always on my ex's and our itineraries.

Pandemonium was a charming little goth shop with a purple exterior that was celebrated it's 18th birthday last month and established back in 1999.  Selling a galore of goodies for the darkly inclined and surprised to learn the home of the Whitby International Pirate Society, my ex and a few friends are involved with. 

We used to usually visited for days out  or  if I visited with my Dad for the afternoon. He loved looking at the fishing boats and talk about mechanics.

I remember the  purples haired small lady behind the counter,  I think she was called Lara,. She was always a lovely and cordial lady who always made me feel welcome and offered a good chat.  I loved the shop decor dedicated to every shade of purple and the narrow lil' shop with high Victorian ceilings. Stocking an array amazing goodies for the darkly inclined. She sold a bit of everything. My favourite was she used to sell vintage gothic clothing where you could purchase some of the most amazing finds quite cheaply.

Looking at the number comments, with people sharing their sentiments it's both a shock and sadness to see another independent shop closing. 

.As one person stated, "it's a bit of history gone'

I have heard whispers that the store is looking for new premises. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Date Release For The Second Goth City Festival

Last year,  I attended  Leeds, Goth City Festival debut; a series of events celebrating Leeds post-punk, and gothic heritage. The festivities raised £3,500 for local charity PAFRAS. 

Well, I was absolutely ecstatic to find out a second event has been announced after the success of last year. It promises to be even "Bigger, Better and Gothier"  With the aim of the festival to become part of the UK Goth Calender

The dates have been confirmed commencing between the 5th to 21st October. City promotion stated, "We have worked to avoid any clashes with other goth events run by our colleagues." Further commenting, " It avoids a situation where some potential members of our audience may be short of money post-Whitby and pre-Xmas, and means the festival will take place in the pre-Halloween"

Goth City Promotions have pledged a new lineup of even more talented performers; consisting of the latest upcoming acts and underground acts within the alternative scence. So far, Death Party UK, The Glass House Museum and the debut of The Creeping Terrors have been confirmed. Alice Moving Under Skies are reforming for a special one off event to quick start the festivities. More information will be posted soon. 

 Following last year's format, there will be a series of events devoted to the gothic and post punk creativity and culture. 

  •  Hot Injection that will show Leeds newest talent; 
  •  Shadows of Goth, with horrifying ghost stories; 
  • A Night of Dark Arts features alternative act performing, comedies, spoken word with obtuse tunes and bit spookiness added into the mix.
  •  Black Gold the acholic free event of stalls from local craftsmen with visitors able to have a cuppa and delicious vegan cake.
  •  Gothic K.O is held on 20th and 21st will October with confirmation of bands at later date. 

For more information check out 
Goth City Website.  (Currently being  revamped)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Glasgow Necropolis

The Boyfriend and me, have been up to Glasgow for the week. On Saturday morning first on my itinerary was Glasgow's infamous Necropolis, I've been wanting to visit for years. The morning was damp and chilly. The weather was gloomy and a grey morning, which created the perfect lighting for some photography.

I feel like a cliche a goth in a cemetery doing photography, I loved every moment.

Surprisingly, in the early 19th century the necropolis was a public arboretum and park. In 1832, the law changed regarding burials, previously it had been the parish's responsibility to bury the dead. With the cultural shift and expanding population the ever growing need and desires to establish the cemetery. In Glasgow, The Merchant House oversaw the planning, starting in 1831, and George Mylne was appointed in charge of the landscaping and work was completed by 1832. The intention for the burial was to be interdenominational for everyone of any religion to be interred. The first interment was a Jewish burial of Joseph Levi in the same year as it opened, In 1833, Elizabeth Miles the first Christian interment. As Glasgow's population expanded the Necropolis grew to cope with the demands. Fortunately, there were meticulous records about the deaths which indicate possibly 50,000 people are buried and with over 3,500 marked tombs.

There are serval ways to enter the Necropolis, I entered from the main gate entrance and The "Bridge of Sighs", the original route the funeral procession took. The entrance was designed by brothers, David and James Hamilton, which was built in 1836.

This entrance way allowed for the most stunning views of the cemeteries convoluted and meanders on a hill that offers some great views of the city .


For me, cemeteries usually feel rather solemn and almost sad. However, it felt quite serene and relaxing walking around.  I normally don't feel like this when I walk through them. I think it's particularly how immaculately the grounds are maintained it felt like they tenderly loved. What was nice the balance of the trimmed grounds and more of the wild plants were allowed to grow, such as, the  ivy. 

As I followed around the pathway the cemetery I couldn't resist snapping the fanatasic views. 

Each tomb had a myriad of styles some were simple and others more elaborate with each telling its own story and memory of the person interned.  Each of the tombs were beautiful pieces of artwork of design and exquisite examples of masonry skills. A number of the headstones were designed by famous Scottish architects including,  Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, JT Rochead and even Charles Rennie Macintosh.

I've taken numerous of photographs but I've only included my favourites and most distinctive graves stones.  

Life Update.

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