Gothmas by Gaslight is here again, that Solstice-tide event celebrating the dark side of the dark time of the year. Gothmas is presented by Cursed Events, who always put on an incredible show, and the setting is lovely and atmospheric, begging to be photographed.
The theme of Gothmas is supposed to trend toward the dark Victorian, steampunk and related styles. This year I took my inspiration from the pre-Raphaelite movement in England in the 1800s.
The pre-Raphaelites rebelled against the formal academic ideas of art in the early 1800s and idealized the Middle Ages. We might look back on them as being “anti-Steampunk”, but some of their work certainly had a gothic flavor.
The Christina gown is named for Christina Rosetti, an important figure in the pre-Raphaelite group.
Lavender was a color identified with mourning in Victorian times, worn at the stage called “half-mourning” when one moved out of blacks after an appropriate length of time. Perhaps we might consider “Forsaken” to be “half goth”…
Christina bears a fractal of a type I have rarely used for clothing, but it seemed exactly right for this project. It is based on one of the hundreds of formulas originated by Robert Carr. Some of the Carr formulas, including this one, produce the effect of two layered images, similar but not identical, misty and mysterious.
The skin worn in these pictures is one of the “Jewel” series from Curio, unfortunately no longer available. The hair is from Emo-tions.