My personal blog as a 'grown-up' Goth and Romantic living in the Highlands of Scotland. I write about the places I go, the things I see and my thoughts on life as a Goth and the subculture, and things in the broader realm of the Gothic and darkly Romantic. Sometimes I write about music I like and sometimes I review things. This blog often includes architectural photography, graveyards and other images from the darker side of life.

Goth is not just about imitating each other, it is a creative movement and subculture that grew out of post-punk and is based on seeing beauty in the dark places of the world, the expression of that in Goth rock. It looks back to the various ways throughout history in which people have confronted and explored the macabre, the dark and the taboo, and as such I'm going to post about more than the just the standards of the subculture (Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, et al) and look at things by people who might not consider themselves anything to do with the subculture, but have eyes for the dark places. The Gothic should not be limited by what is already within it; inspiration comes from all places, the key is to look with open eyes, listen carefully and think with an open mind..

Friday, 10 August 2012

Eden Court Theatre, Photography and Architecture

As promised, I have been back to Eden Court Theatre to take more photographs of the very unique building. The majority of the things I photograph are either monuments, graveyard photos, or Gothic Revival and other historical architecture, but Eden Court is far more modern by comparison, and a lot less stereotypically Goth. Eden Court is actually named after the Bishop's Palace which still stands and is linked to the modern theatre building - that building is Gothic Revival, Victorian and recently restored, but appears to be administration and offices for the theatre, and I'd feel a bit strange walking across the grounds to photograph offices where people are working. 

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema 

Eden Court was opened back in 1976, and was designed by successful architect Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith. It wasn't his first or last theatre project, having already worked on the Dervaig Arts Theatre on the Isle of Mull, the Loretto School Theatre, and then Pitlochry Festival Theatre three years later and then on the 2000 refurbishment of the Birmingham Hippodrome. I've always thought designing a theatre must be a particularly difficult challenge because of all the specific facilities associated with a theatre, and then the need to have good acoustics and for the audience to have a good view of the stage, plus it is a building where you are going to have a whole crowd of people in one big room, and those people need to be able to flow in and out of the building. 

Shown Previously On This Blog. Angular Railings.

The building was refurbished and updated between 2005 and 2007, and I don't know what it looked like before its refurbishment as I did not live here at the time, but currently it looks exceedingly contemporary now. I love all the different textures and forms of cladding on the building, it manages to have a huge amount of interest and detail for a building that is not ornamented in the way the buildings in historical styles that I tend to photograph do. The picture above has been shown before, but I think it really highlights the sort of interesting angular shapes and pattern that can be found on this building. 

Leaden skies and sharp angles.

Eden Court is faced with dark cladding that seems to blend well with the leaden skies that often hang above Inverness, and while it is angular with crisp edges it seems to blend in well with its surroundings, and even not clash hugely with the Gothic Revival building of the Bishop's Palace. The landscaping around it definitely helps. The back of Eden Court is painted yellow, with blue on the roof... Personally, I think the colours are a bit garish, but I have never been a big fan of painting buildings bright colours, except in the case of those rows of terraced houses where each one is a different colour -those are very charming. 

Eden Court has the most amazing roofs.

My architectural photos are tending towards details, parts of buildings rather than whole. I look for parts that are striking or interesting. It is tricky to get a composition that fills the two dimensional rectangle well when buildings are inherently three-dimentional. Often reflections and skies help me out a lot! It seems very un-creative of me photographing buildings - the beauty comes from the hard work of the architect, I just work to capture it in interesting ways. 

Light and Reflection.

I'm certainly not going to give up photographing buildings any time soon. I really appreciate and enjoy the wonderful structures I encounter and my photographs are my tribute. I will probably go back to Eden Court again, probably to see something at the cinema or theatre there, and I will probably take more pictures. In the meanwhile I will take more pictures of other places in the Highlands - probably of Inverness city from my next trip in, but possibly of elsewhere too. 


  1. Your photos are beautiful! You capture some interesting details, and I like how some of them (like the railings and reflections) look a bit abstract.

    1. Thankyou very much :) I think modern buildings to inspire a more abstracting approach because the details and points of interest that catch my eye are less identifiable or representational than on more traditional styles. With Eden Court especially, the things that interest me are the textures, lines, angles, surfaces - it isn't the sort of building to have intricate carvings or stained glass windows, so those things become less of a focus.

  2. Hi! I have a post that I entitled "Goth Curiosity" and (don't worry, this is not a blog promotion) I listed a few questions there that just came from my curiosity. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello, I've answered your questions on your blog :) I need to get some kind of contact form set up so people can e-mail me at an address specifically for this blog!


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