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..

Highland Goth Photography Project

I have embarked on a project to document the vibrancy and diversity of the Goths and Gothic people of the Highlands of Scotland.

Before I moved to the Highlands, I didn't expect that there would be much of subcultural presence here, expecting it to only really be in larger cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow, and I still encounter people who are quite surprised to find that we have a presence in this more sparsely populated and broadly rural area. This project is partly a way to show the world that we do actually exist up here, and partly a way to preserve a glimpse into a slice of Goth culture.

Each person participating is photographed at least once, in outfits not specifically styled to a vision for a photo-shoot, but each participant asked to wear outfits that typify their aesthetic sensibility and communicate some of their interests - sometimes this takes more than one photo-shoot, as people's interactions with the subculture are often multifaceted.

Catastrophe Plague & Ducky at Beauly Priory

Samm in St. Clements Churchyard, Dingwall

Joel at Rothiemurchus

Sean at Inverness Castle

K. At Culloden Doocot

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