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!

3 comments:

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.