Altvenger meets Natasha Scharf

Altvenger meets Natasha Scharf

  1. Welcome Ms Scharf and thank you for joining us here at Altvenger.com! We are thrilled to have you! The majority of our readers are familiar with your most notable works: “Worldwide Gothic” and “The Art of Gothic”. Tell us more about the creative process behind writing those books. Thank you very much for having me! My creative process for writing books is very similar to that which I use for articles and photoshoots…

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Is Goth dead?

Is Goth dead?

  How much does it take to be a Goth? I was talking to someone my age the other day, and that is 39 (no I am not ashamed of my age), I asked the person if she thought Goth was dead. “No”, she replied. But I can’t shake the feeling that I am forever stuck in the past. As everything evolves, so does Goth subculture. There is so little left from traditional Gothic scene,…

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A photographer’s perspective on alternative modeling

A photographer’s perspective on alternative modeling

  Looking back on the history of fashion there was always a need for good looking male and female “models” who would represent the work of tailors, designers, brands and shops selling clothes, shoes and accessories. The human figure was an inspiration for painters and sculptors from the Ancient times, and the perception of “a perfect body“ and facial features varied between certain eras and cultures alike. However, “full figured” women that were once considered…

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Halloween customs around the world.

Halloween customs around the world.

  When we think of Halloween, our first thoughts are usually of the well-known American and English version, where children go trick or treating, houses are decorated and pumpkins are carved. But this is a more or less uniquely a tradition of the English-speaking world, and even though it has been transplanted all over the globe to the great delight of Goths everywhere, the specific local customs tend to differ. When it comes to partying…

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Where Serenity reigns- The architecture and tradition of European graveyards.

Where Serenity reigns- The architecture and tradition of European graveyards.

It is generally considered humans have been burying their dead and attaching ritual significance to it since even before they were humans.  We have evidence suggesting Neanderthals were the first to bury their dead, and the first to place objects in the grave with a specific purpose. Our own relationship with the remains of our loved ones has varied throughout time and culture, and we have done everything from preserving the body to remain for…

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Vampire goths

Vampire goths

For centuries Vampires were the objects of our fears and desires. Their dark, seductive nature called out, first to the romantics of the late 19th century, and then, almost a hundred years later, to the goths. The idea of Vampire goths has been present in the subculture almost since its beginning. Bauhaus sang of Bela Lugosi, one of the most famous actors ever to portray Count Dracula, and Anne Rice’s novels were stirring the imagination…

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