When you hear the word goth you might think of cultural icons like Robert Smith of the Cure , the death-obsessed Beetlejuice character Lydia Deetz , and the dark camp of Elvira. Goth is synonymous with wearing all black, reveling in melancholy, and celebrating the macabre. But it's also often incorrectly thought of as a subculture that's rooted in whiteness or comprised mostly of white people. Its influence has altered the landscape of pop music, fashion, and art. Almost 50 years later, contemporary goths embody the representation they yearned to see when they were younger. For them, beauty is a way to center marginalized voices and live their truth, a way to look beyond whiteness and uplift the many identities and histories that exist within the goth community, past and present.
Gothic art was a style of medieval art that developed in Northern France out of Romanesque art in the 12th century AD, led by the concurrent development of Gothic architecture. It spread to all of Western Europe , and much of Southern and Central Europe , never quite effacing more classical styles in Italy. In the late 14th century, the sophisticated court style of International Gothic developed, which continued to evolve until the late 15th century. In many areas, especially Germany, Late Gothic art continued well into the 16th century, before being subsumed into Renaissance art. Primary media in the Gothic period included sculpture , panel painting , stained glass , fresco and illuminated manuscripts.
As usual I have tried to create something a little bit different from the usual set of Whitby Goth Weekend Pictures you see from other photographers. As a resident Whitby Photographer I feel it important to also get a few pictures of the town into the set of images. My aim of the weekend has been to capture something elegant as well. To be honest Im a bit fed up of the exhibitionists trying to better each other year on year. Its beginning to loose its appeal and I think the shock factor has now long since been lost. Im shocked by nothing I see at the Goth Weekends these days, infact Im bored by much of what I see, such as crows on peoples heads and busty women with the asses on show. I was stood chatting to my daughter Chelsie who works in Marie Antoinette on Church Street, she was asking what I was looking for in terms of photographs today. I explained I wanted something beautiful, and elegant.
Teenage goths are three times more likely to suffer from clinical depression than other adolescents, doctors have warned. Experts from Oxford and Bristol found that teenagers who identified themselves as goths were also five times more likely to self-harm than others. The academics, whose work is published today in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, suggested that the dark music listened to by goths might have something to do with the trend. Pictured, left and right, is Marilyn Manson, a famous goth. But they added that people who already feel excluded or ostracised by their peers - and are already at risk of depression - might be attracted to the goth lifestyle. The authors spoke to 3, teenagers in Bristol at the age of 15, and then again at the age of Some 18 per cent of those who called themselves goths at age 15 said they had suffered from clinical depression by the age of 18 - three times the average rate. And 37 per cent of them admitted to self-harming, five times the average. The researchers found that the more young people identified with the goth subculture, the higher their likelihood of self-harm and depression.