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..

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Travels, Photos and Suchlike

Ok, so my car is still in a different country and the cost of public transport hasn't gone down (I wish!) but I do actually go out and about quite a bit, and am going out more as I get to know the area better. Maybe acting like a tourist in the place that has now been my home for a year is possibly the best way for me to get to know the area, except that I have local friends who can give me tips of what is of interest. 

Inverness is very pretty, it is the Highland capital, with many beautiful buildings and cemeteries, and I have taken a lot of pictures there. Maybe Visit Scotland will send me a cheque for my efforts to corner the Goth tourism market and encourage spooky visitors... or maybe not. Either way, I have shown a lot of Inverness on my blog. It is the nearest city to me, and I go there for the sorts of thing you can only go do in a city, so I visit relatively frequently and often take a camera with me.

The HouseCat out and about.
I have evil black eyes of demonic doom! 

But Inverness is not the be-all and end-all of the beautiful Highlands, it is but a small fraction. As such, I am going to try and take photos of other places and smaller towns. Elgin is the second largest local town, and has a lot of historic architecture, plenty to rival even Inverness, and will probably be my next target, but even small towns like Aviemore, Forres, Dingwall, Fort William and Nairn have plenty of things worth photographing, not to mention all the fabulous places in between. Expect a far more varied blog in the future! 


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