I booked a short break at the fishing town & holiday resort of Whitby. Researching for accommodation I noticed that I had missed Whitby's Goth Weekend event by one week. I was so disappointed as I would have had a lovely time photographing the goths wearing their distinctive and theatrical costumes. However, Whitby's history and association with the creator of Dracula (Bram Stoker - the author is said to have been inspired to write his gothic vampire tale while visiting Whitby) attracts goths year round. I spied this goth striding around town with his long black coat flying, exposing big black goth style boots. You can see the ruins of Whitby Abbey on the cliff top and also St Mary's parish church. It was in St Mary's graveyard that Bram Stoker first devised his story. St Mary's has a fascinating history. Looking around the church I was interested in the social history of its enclosed family pews, built by ship's carpenters. There is a high pulpit, with a ladder for access, that towers over the congregation and enables the minister to see his flock over the pew sides.
PS I have changed the title from "Whitby Goth" to "Man of Goth" after Wolfgang's mistake about the walker's calling. Thanks Wolfgang.
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williewhistler (12763) 2014-05-05 14:18
I do like your treatment and the brooding atmosphere created,you also did really well to capture the Goth in front of the ruined Abbey,great timing.
The contrasting colours also appeal to me,a fine piece of photography.
Kind regards Les.
fritzi007 (3119) 2014-05-05 14:23
very cool picture of this man of God, really a good quality, I like it very much, congratulations!
worldcitizen (6523) 2014-05-05 14:57
I like this different capture. The background, with the rows of houses and the ruins and church, is very nice, and the passing goth is an interesting subject. On my monitor it looks a bit dark though, so maybe a few more degrees of brightness would make the scene jump out even more. Too bad you missed the gathering of goths, but you still spotted one anyway. :-)
annjackman (18201) 2014-05-05 23:01
A lovely viewpoint of Whitby Abbey and the church, with the sunlight picking up the colours of the houses. The diagonal white railing and the goth are positioned very well and make this a first class picture that depicts the character of this classic seaside town.
Kind Regards, Ann
saxo042 (36920) 2014-05-06 1:21
A well observed picture, taken in the right moment when the priest is walking into the scene, being balanced by the castle on top of the hill across the waters. The parallel white lines of the railings is a very fine part of the composition. I like those modern shoes on this traditionally dressed man.
mesutilgim (80668) 2014-05-06 1:43
Interesting capture of this strange clothed man in front of a nice and pictouresque scenery.
Good and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Royaldevon (26883) 2014-05-06 4:37
A great title and an equally great photograph.
The slight underexposure has given the colours a consistency with the mood.
You couldn't have placed the figure any better for including the sea, the quaint houses, the church and, of course, the ruin.
I have to say, Whitby is a photographer's delight. You, with your interest in photographing figures would really have loved the Goth Week!
Have a great day,
holmertz (37793) 2014-05-06 8:14
This is a great photo, very well timed. The odd character is captured against a most beautiful background. The combination of black clothes, white railings and colourful town couldn't be better. Unfortunately I find the picture far too dark, but it may be due to just a difference of monitors. That seems to happen all the time.
Noel_Byrne (21568) 2014-05-06 10:52
I love his shoes :) His dress sense is certasinly unique, and he presents a great view against this ancient backdrop. You have chosen a view that allows excellent foreground interest, as well as a stunning backdrop. An interesting subject note too, I have read up a little on Bram Stoker too, when I photographed buildings in Dublin that had an impact on him.
If you are interested, the house Bram Stoker grew up in is for sale at the moment :) Who wouldn't want to live there!
Excellent post, thanks for sharing.
All the best
abmdsudi (40332) 2014-05-07 4:09
That's fab immaculately attired Bramstokers Dracula!! and a fascinating location for the weekend event with all the Goths. Lovely that you have caught his attitude unaware, good use of the background which suits the image and his full stride certainly gives the image strong point of interest supported by a beautiful black adding a wonderful contrasting lift. An interesting strong shot and informative pre-narrative.
Great photo work, Congrats.
tatadalou (5641) 2014-05-11 8:34
I ignored there were some high places for goths ! Nice composition, with this man in front of a nice panorama of Whitby.
Like Gert, the picture is too dark on my screen.
- Copyright: Bev Turner (Glint) (6163)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-02
- Categories: Architecture, Event, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon 550D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-05 12:12