Goth



As most of you guys and gals already know….I love all things GOTH.

There is something so utterly grand and beautifully alluring about the style and time period.

For me, Goth also contains a bit of wonderful eeriness, which is why I'm also attracted to all things VAMPIRE.

My full name is really Count Ronald Dracula Carnavil.

"I vant to bite your neck!"

Over the past three weeks, I’ve taken some photos around town that remind me of Gothic architecture.

I purposely edited these photographs to enhance the mood of the period.

This going to be a post in which I don’t explain anything about the photos, because I just want you to scroll down and simply walk inside each image and FEEL them.

Please enjoy….

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Affectionately yours,
The Count

54 comments

  1. Cracking pictures, Count.

    No.1 is fabulous, it seems to be reaching right into heaven.
    No.4 has an e-e-r-i-e feel to it.
    No.7 is delightful in blue,
    and I think No.5. would help a story along.

    I love this kind of architecture nut didn't know it was Goth. Ignorance is bliss, so they say, but it sure puts me to shame at times. We had a spell here where the youngsters dressed in Goth outfits, they were spooky. In fact, many of them were attacked by, shall we say, normal people. Enjoyable post, Ron. Hope you're heading into a perfect week.

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  2. Dianne WilsonSeptember 03, 2012

    I went back through all the posts I missed dear brilliant one

    these photos are amazing
    I love them all
    the lamp post shining is wonderful
    the one with a slight purple-ish wash is brilliant
    the grains and textures you accomplished are flawless
    any one of these would make a fabulous poster or card or you could do a Goth calendar
    really great stuff

    Carnival is a great surname for a vampire

    love ya

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  3. Awesome photos, Count Ronny! You can count me as one of your biggest fans. These images are so eerie, so moody, it's like they were taken in another century. You have a great eye and an excellent visual style. Thanks so much for posting these photos. Have a great holiday, buddy, and beware the sunlight!

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  4. Good morning Valerie~

    "I love this kind of architecture nut didn't know it was Goth."

    A few of these photos are probably not technically Goth, but they reminded somehow of the style. I edited them so that they would FEEL more like it.

    "and I think No.5. would help a story along."

    OMG...you're right, it does look like an image leading to a story. Good eye you have!

    "We had a spell here where the youngsters dressed in Goth outfits, they were spooky. In fact, many of them were attacked by, shall we say, normal people."

    Yes, we have that here too. There are a few Goth nightclubs in Philly. I kinda enjoy seeing them walk around the city in their Goth attire at night. I swear, if I were younger, I'd probably be one of them - HAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  5. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    "I went back through all the posts I missed dear brilliant one."

    Aw, thank you. You're a sweetheart...x

    "any one of these would make a fabulous poster or card or you could do a Goth calendar."

    Shit, you just gave me a great idea!!!! A Goth calendar!

    Thank you for your supportive words, dear lady. YOU give me so much inspiration through your own photographs to try new things.

    Have a super Labor Day and week!

    X and hugs to you and Hope!

    The Count
    tee, hee!

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  6. Fabulous photos, Count!

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  7. Hey there Rob~

    "These images are so eerie, so moody, it's like they were taken in another century."

    That's exactly what I was trying to do, so thank you for picking up on that. I wanted to create images that appeared vintage.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Have a great holiday and week! It's cloudy and rainy hear today, so it really FEELS Goth - HA!

    X

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  8. Hiya Suzi~

    Thank you.

    Have a great Labor Day and week, my friend!

    X,
    Count Chocula

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  9. I had no idea Philly had such stunning Gothitecture. Very cool captures, as always!

    I'm wondering if you watch True Blood given your propensity for all things vampire. I got into it the first two seasons but then lost interest. It definitely had its moments, though. (Most of them relying heavily on SEX).

    On second thought, why'd I give it up...?!

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  10. Howdy Mark~

    Thank you, sir. Yes, that's one of the things I truly enjoy about Philly, its diversity in architecture. It's stunning!

    "I'm wondering if you watch True Blood given your propensity for all things vampire."

    Yes, I did watch True Blood (online) and enjoyed it. But it's as you shared....most of them relied heavily on SEX. OMG...and I couldn't believe how graphic it was.

    I think my favorite vampire movies are the "Dracula" movie with Frank Langella and also the Bram Stoker version with Gary Oldman.

    "On second thought, why'd I give it up...?!"

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! Mark, you crack me the hell up!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a great Labor Day and week!

    X to you and Tara!

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  11. Count Ron, I love Goth AND Vampires too!


    Picture #2 looks like it has two chalices etched in those front windows!


    Picture #5 reminds me of stairs to a Gothic Castle and #6 of a fountain in a Gothic Castle’s garden!


    All of the pictures are fantastic, very “Goth”! I would imagine many if not most are near to you but your photo editing made them very Vampir-ish!


    You are a great photographer. Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed these photos!


    I hope your holiday weekend was superb!


    ((YOU))


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  12. Helloooooooooo Pam~

    "Count Ron, I love Goth AND Vampires too!"

    You too? Aren't vampires fantabulous? I kinda find them SEXY too. I'm hoping that one eventually stops by my apartment building soon, and bites me!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    "Picture #2 looks like it has two chalices etched in those front windows!"

    Yes, I think they are two chalices. I didn't even notice that myself, so thank you for pointing them out.

    "Picture #5 reminds me of stairs to a Gothic Castle"

    Meeeeeeee too! Like something out of the Bram Stoker's version of Dracula. I added the touch of green to some of the ferns to give the image a mysterious feeling.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. And thank you for your supportive and encouraging words.

    (((( You )))))

    Wishing you and your family an AWESOME Labor Day and week!

    X,
    Count Chocula

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  13. The first one is incredible! Looking at it, I can hear organ music!

    These are all fantastic pictures, Ron. They put me in a Halloween mood!

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  14. I have a secret fetish to get bitten by a Vampire too...sshh don't tell my hubby!! ;-)

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  15. Hello my fellow-Gothic loving Nitebyrd!

    "The first one is incredible! Looking at it, I can hear organ music!"

    The first image is The Masonic Temple which is directly across the street from City Hall. It always reminds me of a big old Catholic Cathedral in Europe.

    "They put me in a Halloween mood!"

    Yaaaaaaaaaay....HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Sis! Happy Labor Day and have a super-Gothic week!

    X ya!

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  16. Bwhahahahahahhahahaha!

    Shhhhhhhhh...okay, I promise not to tell your hubby!

    X

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  17. Oh my god, Ron, these photos are super cool! I was a huge fan of True Blood when it first came on because I adore vampires. I'm a big time Gother.

    All these images are beautiful, but I think I my favorite one is the first. It gave me chills because it's so perfectly Goth.

    Thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed. Happy Labor Day, Ron.

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  18. Oooh, my word. Such beeaaautiful Gothic images, and so nicely enhanced!!

    Ron you would ADORE Italy, especially the little hill towns. I would LOVE to see your face when you arrived in San Gimigniano, which is full of towers and dark, gothic corners and has a museum of TORTURE! It has a long history of internal warfare between families (who kept building higher and higher towers to compete with each other) betrayal, murder and all that other gothic stuff. Oh, and you should go to Volterra where part of the New Moon (Twilight) vampire series is set.

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  19. heehee...you could have used this post for halloween! great walk, ron... i love your photographic eye. xxx

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  20. Wow...I wanna do some further investigation of that Witherspoon Building--there are people coming out of the bricks! Yikes!! (very cool in the effects......and JUST in time for Halloween, I might add.)

    Actually, I'm a fan of older architecture. Not that some of the newer stuff isn't interesting--but the older stuff somehow seems to have more character. And I love the details and the stories of how they came to be.

    The churches, spires and towers have always gotten my attention. Sometimes I'm too busy exploring to snap the shutter.....which seems impossible....LOL.....but it's true.

    Thanks for the feast this morning. I ohhhhh-ed and ahhhhhh-ed with my coffee.
    Definitely worthy of the second look this afternoon!

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  21. Hola Denise~

    "I was a huge fan of True Blood when it first came on because I adore vampires. I'm a big time Gother."

    Me too. And I shared with Mark, I use to watch True Blood and loved it. I also read a couple of the Anne Rice books. Faaaaabulous!

    " but I think I my favorite one is the first."

    Thank you. That's one of my own personal favs too. That one and the last one because it looks like the entrance to where Dracula keeps his coffin - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a great week and Happy Labor Day!

    X

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  22. Hellooooooo Linda~

    Thank you...x

    This post got me all in the mood for Halloween!!!

    Boo!

    Mucho thanks for stopping by, dear friend. Have a wonderful week! And Happy Labor Day!

    ((((( Linda ))))

    xoxoxoxo

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  23. Hiya Mel~

    "Wow...I wanna do some further investigation of that Witherspoon Building--there are people coming out of the bricks! Yikes!! (very cool in the effects......and JUST in time for Halloween, I might add.)"

    HA! You're right just in time for HALLOWEENIE!!!! That Witherspoon Building is located down a very narrow street (Juniper). I pass it almost everyday when I walk to work. Isn't the architecture STUNNING? So much detail! It tells a story.

    "Actually, I'm a fan of older architecture. Not that some of the newer stuff isn't interesting--but the older stuff somehow seems to have more character. And I love the details and the stories of how they came to be."

    Meeeeeee too! The older the better. That's what I really love about the cities here in the north east, they have so much character and rich history. Churches are probably my favorite thing to explore and photograph. And I don't care what denomination they are, to me they're ALL beautiful and sacred.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

    X ya!

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  24. Hiya Jay~

    Aw...thanks, my friend...x

    "Ron you would ADORE Italy, especially the little hill towns."

    I have a feeling if I ever went to Italy, I would NEVER leave. There is something about the 'energy' and 'overall look' of Italy that touches me so deeply. Maybe it's because my ancestors are from there, but I can FEEL Italy in my soul.

    "It has a long history of internal warfare between families (who kept building higher and higher towers to compete with each other) betrayal, murder and all that other gothic stuff. Oh, and you should go to Volterra where part of the New Moon (Twilight) vampire series is set."

    OMG....how FAAAAAAAAABULOUS!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. I always enjoy our chats! Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  25. truly spectacular photographs, you capture the essence of grandeur. any of these could locations could be the set of a hollywood movie - just add a crash of lightning and a blinding sheet of rain.

    my vampire hero and heroine Edward and Bella -- such a bitter disappointment that Rob and Kristin are human and prone to human flaws.

    Thank you Ron for your constant support, I am so grateful to be among your blogging friends.

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  26. Hey there Diane~

    Thank you, girl. I had so much fun taking and then editing these photos.

    "any of these could locations could be the set of a hollywood movie - just add a crash of lightning and a blinding sheet of rain."

    HA! Hey, you're right! They do look like the set of a Hollywood movie!

    "my vampire hero and heroine Edward and Bella -- such a bitter disappointment that Rob and Kristin are human and prone to human flaws."

    Honestly, I haven't watched True Blood in so long, therefore I'm out of the loop with what's going on. When the show first came out I was addicted! I need to go back and watch it on You Tube.

    "Thank you Ron for your constant support, I am so grateful to be among your blogging friends."

    Ditto, my friend! I love reading your blog!

    (((( You ))))

    Hope you and Cristybella had a super Labor Day!

    X to you both!

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  27. Herman TurnipSeptember 03, 2012

    Hey, Halloween's just around the corner. Perfect timing for this pics!

    I'm finding it difficult to pick a favorite. Really. I've been scanning them over and over for the last few minutes, and I can't pick out "the best one". They're all great! And they're getting me in the mood for one of my favorite bands in the world: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. They're going to be swinging into town in October. Can't wait!

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  28. HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!! What kind of camera do you have? Just gorgeous pictures. I love "Goth" as well... oh... and vampires? SEXYYYYYYYY!

    Pictures four and six are my FAVORITES!

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  29. Hey there Herman~

    "Hey, Halloween's just around the corner. Perfect timing for this pics!"

    Ha! It's so funny because I hadn't really thought of that when I posted these, but you're right....Halloween is just around the corner and I can't wait!!!

    BOO!

    Thanks, bud, glad you enjoyed. I had a BLAST creating these images.

    "And they're getting me in the mood for one of my favorite bands in the world: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. They're going to be swinging into town in October. Can't wait!"

    OMG...how cool is that? And I'm assuming you and the wife will be seeing them?

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Hope you and the family had an awesome weekend and Labor Day!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  30. Helloooooooooooo Katherine~

    Thank you.

    "I love "Goth" as well... oh... and vampires? SEXYYYYYYYY!"

    Aren't they? I can never understand why most people are afraid of vampires, when I would give my eye teeth to DATE one - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    My camera is just a point and shoot. It's a Nikon L22. I got it almost two years ago and it's a great little camera, but I want to upgrade to something more advanced after Christmas this year.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Katherine. Hope you and the family had a great Labor Day weekend!

    X

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  31. Aww man ! I though you were gonna show pictures of gothic chicks !

    You disappoint man !

    Picture #2 can be considered as "Neo Classical"

    Design is a wonderful talent given to Man.

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  32. Hey there Jaffer~

    "Aww man ! I though you were gonna show pictures of gothic chicks !"

    OMG...it's so IRONIC you said that because I was DYING to find a Gother chick walking around the city so I could take her picture and then place it on this post at the end. But alas...I didn't spot a one!

    "Picture #2 can be considered as "Neo Classical"

    Do you mean #3 (the one with the pillars?). Yes, you're absolutely right. Great eye, buddy!

    "Design is a wonderful talent given to Man."

    Amen!

    Thanks for stopping by, Jaffer! Always great to see ya. Have a super week!

    X

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  33. These are wonderful shots. I can feel the eeireness that prevails. Thanks for the pictures. Your buddy Goth Brooks.

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  34. i LOVE the first photo! ron you did a great job with processing these pics. you may or may not know i freaking HATE post processing pics. i don't know what i'm doing, i just move things until something looks good. if i can pull it straight out of camera, i'm a happy camper. so kudos to you on a job well done. great tones in the 2nd photo too. now you can teach me.

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  35. Hey there Mr. Dave!

    Great to see ya, bud!

    Aw...thank you. I had a blast taking these photos and then editing them. I'm becoming a TOTAL addict to the online photo editing website, PicMonkey. I LOVE that place!

    "You buddy Goth Brooks."

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! Dave, you CRACK ME THE HELL UP!

    That was GREAT!

    Thanks for stopping by, Goth. Hope you had a super Labor Day.

    Enjoy your week!

    X

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  36. Hey there V Girl~

    Thank you...x

    "you may or may not know i freaking HATE post processing pics. i don't know what i'm doing, i just move things until something looks good."

    HA! Actually, I don't know what I'm doing either. I too move things around/fiddle until something looks good. Trust me, I do all my editing through trial and error. I wish I knew more about pulling it right out of the camera like you do. You freakin' AMAZE me!

    Again, your last photo post was BEYOND brilliant!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging support.

    Have a faaaaaaabulous week, girl!

    X

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  37. I'm not into Goth myself, but there's no denying those are beautiful photos Ron. You have made them all fit for a good horror story. No. 5 probably has a lady in white (or black) robes haunting the steps :)

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  38. Ron, these are beautiful! You really gave the images such a spot on feeling of the Gothic period. That first one is knocked down awesome. I love the light post effect in the last one too! Really eerie looking.

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  39. Hiya Matt~

    Thanks, bud.

    " I love the light post effect in the last one too! Really eerie looking."

    That last one was originally shot in color, but I edited it into black and white. The post light is actually yellow, but it transferred into a really cool white glow.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Matt. Have a super week!

    X

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  40. Hey there Babs~

    Thank you, sweet lady....X

    " No. 5 probably has a lady in white (or black) robes haunting the steps :)"

    Hahahahahahahaha! Hey, I didn't even notice her there when I took the photo....good eye!

    That photo reminds me of a scene in the Bram Stokers version of Dracula.

    Thanks for stopping by, Babs! Have a wonderful week!

    X to you and Mo!

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  41. Love the pictures Ron. There is a lonely beauty in them. Especially like the one with just a touch of green.

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  42. Absolutely phenomenal photos! As usual, you have outdone yourself, Ron. I particularly like the second photo. You do such a wonderful job editing and enhancing. I really think you need to do some sort of Philly retrospective somewhere. I'd come see it.

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  43. Hey there Bill~

    Thank you, buddy. I decided to add the touch of green to that photo last minute.

    Always great seeing ya. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you and Paul had a super Labor Day weekend!

    X to you and both!

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  44. Hiya Jen~

    Thank you for your sweet and encouraging words. I had so much fun putting this post together. That second photo is St. Johns Church on 13th street.

    "I really think you need to do some sort of Philly retrospective somewhere. I'd come see it."

    :) I'm actually looking into creating my own greeting cards and possibly a calendar on Cafepress by using my photos and then selling them. One of my readers (Dianne) gave me the idea.

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Can't wait to see ya next month!

    X

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  45. Oh Ron! These are STUNNING! You did an amazing job with these!

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  46. Aw....thank you, girl.

    (((( You ))))

    I had so much fun putting this post together.

    Thanks again for stopping by and reading all my posts.

    You ROCK!

    X

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  47. Fantastic photos, Ron! You really conveyed a sense of the Goth through these images. Good eye. Enjoyed them all but that last one really hit me.

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  48. Hiya Robert~

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed. I had a lot of fun putting these photos together. The last one was originally shot in color, but I edited it into black and white.

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Hope you're enjoying a super week!

    X

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  49. I love all of that architecture too! Maybe it's a remnant of watching Dark Shadows as a kid? My favorite thing I own is a gothic clock, circa 1830. Love that stuff!

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  50. Hey there Bijoux~

    "Maybe it's a remnant of watching Dark Shadows as a kid?"

    I hadn't thought of that but you're right....I LOVED Dark Shadows!

    "My favorite thing I own is a gothic clock, circa 1830."

    Oooooo....I bet that's so COOL!!!!

    X,

    Count Chocula

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  51. Love them ALL! Especially the first and the fourth. The fourth gave me the thought of a prisoner being brought to the Tower for execution. Sheesh, hope that's not an old memory from another lifetime. LOL

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  52. Hey there Mary~

    Thank you....:) I had so much fun taking and then editing these photos.

    "The fourth gave me the thought of a prisoner being brought to the Tower for execution. Sheesh, hope that's not an old memory from another lifetime. LOL"

    HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, that made me laugh. And you're absolutely right...it does look like a Tower for execution!!!!

    X

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