(Above: Derwent water looking decidedly dodgy…)

A mid-November trip to Keswick and one of its two lakes – Derwent Water. The last few days of the visit of our artist friend from Oz, before she leaves for a final rendezvous in Manchester and then the long journey back home to Melbourne.

(Above: Giselle, our artist for the Silent Eye’s oracle deck, with Tess the Collie)

A week with us then she had two days with a fellow artist and his engineer wife… who happen to be very fond of Gothic clothes and decidedly edgy festivals in Whitby…

Whitby… mmm. Wasn’t that where Count Dracula came ashore in Bram Stoker’s infamous novel?

Derwent Water, a ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Keswick, is usually a safe place to garner a set of shots for a blog… In the summer, it looks like this:

(Above: Derwent Water on a non-Goth day…)

But, today, it didn’t look anything like that… It looked gloomy, lightless and awful. In fairness, it was half an hour before the darkness took over… and that thought gave me an idea…

We four could adopt a decidedly Goth mentality and see if the lake would lend itself to a Gothic photography session. I’ve never been a Goth, but two of our friends had… and loved the idea.

We set about taking shots of the dark lake; shots that would lend themselves to a certain style of post-processing.

(Above: It’s a big lake – let’s give it some ‘dark depth’)

Over an atrocious cup of coffee at a reluctantly-still-open cafe, we processed a chosen subset to get these…

(Above: the near shore and the far mountains… of Mordor?)

Our mood lifted (or should that be darkened?) as the results emerged

(Surely not a home for any ordinary island-dweller!)

Upon reflection, even the clouds had conspired to help us…

(Above: a dark tranquility beneath the gathering storm…)
(Above: the guilty trio… with thanks to the fourth who took the shot. And a word to the wise: don’t mess with these two ladies… )

I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. Otherwise, I dreamt it… and woke up to the photos…

©Stephen Tanham 2022

Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a journey through the forest of personality to the dawn of Being.

http://www.thesilenteye.co.uk and http://www.suningemini.blog

16 Comments on “Goths on the Lake?

  1. Oh! Steve I love those photos they are brilliant.. especially the last one.

    Dark lake beckons me
    To it’s depths relentlessly.
    What hides in the curling mist
    Tendrels caress and I feel the Vampire’s kiss
    Left lonely on this darkling shore
    Resigned here to haunt forevermore.


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  2. It has been a joy to meet you! That said, you call that Goth??? 😉 More than happy to give you the full Goth experience including the proper dressing up with make up! 😀

    Not sure if you can post photos here but I have couple from yesterday if you would like them.

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    • Thanks Katie! If you send me the photos I can post them. Cobweb did us all proud with that shot. Not sure I’d survive the full Goth experience… 😎


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