Friday, September 7, 2007

Australian Gothic

There were many sights worth photographing at last weekend's Under The Blue Moon festival, but I was hesitant to get out the camera after my experience last year, when I was abused by a hoard of angry teenage goths when they mistakenly believed I was taking pictures of them with my mobile, when in fact I was just holding it in the air to get psychologically closer to better reception. I muttered to myself that I was unlikely to be interested in photographing them anyway, given goths are a dime a dozen round these parts.

But I couldn't resist taking a photo of Nell, the nineteen-year-old bat, all wrapped up in her wings:

The Ku-ring-gai Bat Protection Society had set up their stall not far from the Enmore Cat Protection Society, which was pleasingly poetic.

I was impressed by the number of local businesses that had managed to buy into the Gothic theme. I particularly liked that one of the funeral parlours (is it just me, or do there seem to be a lot of funeral parlours in Newtown?) unabashedly catered to the festival-goers' death fetish:

On the subject of festivals, the Sydney Underground Film Festival is on at The Factory this weekend, next Saturday is the Shirty T-Shirt Market at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, and the following Sunday is Feastability. Put them in your diary!


Cassie said...

Apparently the funeral parlour approached the people who run the Blue Moon festival first, not the other way round. Heard it on the radio.

I am so excited about the Shirty market.

Nosey in Newtown said...

Really? That place is now my funeral parlour of choice!

I, too, am dreaming of t-shirts...

marcellous said...

My guess is that there are a lot of funeral parlours because there are 2 hospitals nearby. It's a synergy thing.

PS: just encountered your blog which is why I am going through all the back posts.