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. 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.

The Gothic subculture 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, and 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 (Tim Burton, Siouxsie Sioux and Anne Rice 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. Goth should not be limited by what is considered "goth", inspiration comes from all places, the key is to look with open eyes, listen carefully and think with an open mind..

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Inverness Cathedral

The first instalment of Architectural Photography Week!
Firstly, this week is going to be architectural photography week here at Domesticated Goth. For the next few days, expect plenty of photographs of various buildings and ruins I have visited, and a few guest posts from better photographers than me as on Sunday 13th we went on a little trip to some interesting locations. 

The rose window has a pentagram
(and I've only just noticed!)
Secondly, enjoy these photographs of Inverness Cathedral. These are the only two I've taken that turned out well, and all the others are just the same angles with different settings as I played with the 'proper camera' on manual. Raven helped me, as I'm quite the photography newbie when it comes to the technical side of things. 

This one was intended as a cover picture for my Facebook
Inverness Cathedral is reasonably small by cathedral standards, but is beautifully decorated both inside and out. It is Victorian (1860s), built in the Gothic Revival style and it was designed by Alexander Ross, who also designed Eden Court, the bishop's house just a little further down the river. The two towers at the front were supposed to be full spires, but were never built at such. If you go inside the cathedral, there's a lovely watercolour painting of the original design with the two spires, framed up nicely and on display. I personally feel that the original design would have appeared more cathedral like, rather than church like. 

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I love this style of architecture, I could just look at it for hours. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. There'll be more Gothic and Gothic revival architecture coming ALL week! Check back every day to see new photos.

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  2. Wow - I don't actually think that I've been to the Inverness cathedral, despite spending most of my summers in the highlands? I might have to make my way there this week.

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    1. It's not a particularly big Cathedral, but it's nicely done and nicely decorated inside (which is where I read about the spires and such.) I keep trying to get a good photo of the whole thing, but I think I'll have to wait until winter so I can see through the trees from the other side of the river.

      If you hear the sound of a recorder around the Victorian Market, or keep your eyes out, you might see me! I'll be busking in the city this week, and I'm pretty distinctive.

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  3. as someone who generally isn't a big fan of church buildings or cathedrals, I'd very likely be too intrigued not to step in…these photos have definitely piqued my interest for the cathedral o.o

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    1. I'm not a huge fan either; I'm not Christian and I always feel like I'm trespassing in another faith's temple. When you are next in inverness, you can visit.

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