“[…] this wildness of thought, and roughness of work; this look of mountain brotherhood between the cathedral and the Alp […].” — Art critic and author John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, 1851–53
Contemporary Goths often seek inspiration or refuge in nature too. Once again, however, nature is never simply a romantic image. According to the Gothic expert Catherine Spooner, contemporary Gothic imagery has a particular fascination for ‘negative space’ – places where something ought to be, but where there is nothing, or nothing any more. This Gothic image of nature as a dark and elusive locus of fear and desire could be more relevant than ever in our present era of climate change.