"The simplest truth about goth is that it is a state of mind, a way of being that embraces what the world shuns, a view of life that incorporates the dark and macabre and nighttime things alongside the world of day."
Nancy Kilpatrick, The Goth Bible



The goth subculture was born in the early '80s as an offshoot of the post-punk genre. This is the beginning of a cultural movement, inspired not only by music but also literature, with authors like Edgar Allan Poe, by painting and photography, taking inspiration from artists such as Francis Bacon and Diane Arbus.

Goth fashion becomes a symbol for an entire culture, which emphasizes the freedom of expression, the body transformation and the eroticism, challenging taboos. Black makeup and clothes, often seen as a related to death by a conforming society, do not really involve an anti-life character. Gothic fashion is an expression of personality, through beauty and a sense of community belonging.

There are various goth styles, often very different from each other, such as: Gothic Punk, Romantic Goth, Medieval Goth, Fetish Goth, Industrial Goth, Cybergoth, Gothic Lolita, etc... Every person who lives this subculture represents an unique world, with a single view of reality. For this reason, every person is portrayed into a chosen place, that represents his inner life, with reminiscent clothes and accessories that enhance personality. Goth people have been represented in this work during evening hours, with a dominating blue light (which refers to the color of the night), in contrast with a warm glow that only affects one side of the face. A metaphor for the hidden sides of himself. Someone who sees himself surrounded by nature or music, cybernetics or bondage art.

A different way of doing photography research: the regulated lights, typical of fashion or stage photography, merge with an analytical approach to reality, with repeated elements.