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Whitby: Vampires, Goths and Steampunks

May 6, 2014

The other weekend we took a charabanc trip to Whitby in Yorkshire.Whitby and the Goths 006Whitby and the Goths 024

Our day happened to coincide with the Whitby Goth Weekend.Whitby and the Goths 013

And no I’m not one!

But in these boring grey days of Cameronomics and politicians who want to grind the vast majority of us into the ground, how great it was to see a bit of counter-culture for a change.

As someone who grew up through the 60s and 70s – the most wonderful decades that ever were – it was great to see people in the foul and conventional 2010’s swimming against the tideWhitby and the Goths 015 – at least on that day.

And what lovely people they all seemed to be.

Whitby attracts of course because of its links to Bram Stoker, who stayed here for a while when he was writing Dracula. Some of the novel is set in this grand old fishing town on the Yorkshire coast.Whitby and the Goths 017

I have to confess I know nothing very much about Steampunk, though it seems a fascinating premise. I don’t know a fat lot about Goths. If you are into it please leave a comment and explain it all to me.

I know rather a bit about Bram Stoker and Dracula.

Anyway, it was super.

Thanks to all of you, alive, dead, and undead, who posed for my picturesWhitby and the Goths 021.Whitby and the Goths 019

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2014 11:54 am

    Love Whitby – we were there in ’75. We’d never heard of Steampunk, but Wikipedia supplies the answer! None of your photos picture anyone like the “Goths” here in New York City!

  2. May 6, 2014 2:54 pm

    I get the feeling that Whitby hasn’t changed much since the 70s.

  3. richardsonlilian permalink
    May 6, 2014 5:09 pm

    Love Whitby, looks interesting…

  4. May 7, 2014 6:58 am

    I love that photo of the girl stood against the gravestone – superb! I gather that last one is a ‘steampunk’? I don’t know much about them either!

  5. May 7, 2014 7:46 am

    It was a very colourful day. Thank you.

  6. elmediat permalink
    May 28, 2014 4:21 pm

    Great post. Glad to see the Count enjoying the fresh & sunshine now that he has retired. The steampunk anti-snoring device is more effective when you are sleeping, though you may wake-up more Goth like than you intended. 😀

    it is interesting how literary styles and genres have migrated to visual arts & media and then become a type of life-style aesthetic. Goth and steampunk share common elements because they derive from a particular time/cultural period. Steampunk literature started as re-imagining of early Victorian science fiction and that time period’s fascination with advances in technology. Steampunk was and is a commentary on today’s society through the lens of re-imagined history. A few of my posts are tagged under steampunk. 😉

  7. May 29, 2014 9:44 am

    Many thanks. I find the whole premise quite fascinating. It added quite an extra something to our day in Whitby.


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