A Study of Gothic Subculture

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City of Residence: Salt Lake City, UT

Age: 25

Length of time in the scene: "10+ years?"

Occupation: Photographer, Network Administrator

Education: "High school diploma, some college, majored in English, accounting and the arts." He graduated form Cottonwood high in 1990 and attended the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. Right now he's training to become MSCE certified.

Musical Taste: Current 93, Rose Chronicles, Skinny Puppy, Fields of the Nephilim, Swans, and Bauhaus

Distinctions in appearance: "Platinum blonde, tattoo of an ankh on my shoulder. I dress in a lot of black, high contrast, high heels."

Hobbies, activities, interests: "Photography, photography, photography, the arts, sex, oh, and did I mention photography?" His prints are available for sale, but he mentioned that it's not something he's been able to make a living from yet, however some people have paid him to do a photo session. He's interested in 18th century art history and especially likes Henry Fucelli and Edward Munch. He described their art as "a strange adventure through the artist's nightmares. You get to see the dark side of their psyche, the dark side of life." Several paintings on witchcraft and witch burnings show the sexism of the age, the attitude towards women. Those paintings seem sometimes voyeuristic. It shows a glimpse of "how someone's imagination interprets the unknown." Jeff's got a home page with lots of his photography too.

Spiritual, philosophical, religious affiliation: "Someone's beliefs, how they separate good and evil, is a personal matter. It is not to be advertised on doorsteps, or any other place."

Goals, Dreams: "I want to be famous, rich and beautiful. Not necessarily in that particular order." He said that he wants the job of Helmet Newton, doing blue chip photography for magazine covers like Vogue and Esquire for starters. He wants to be as famous as Ansel Addams and do fashion photography.

Do you consider yourself gothic?: "I would consider myself more of a romantic. Finding beauty wherever I can. This is life, and it is wonderful. Gothic is a type of romanticism that celebrates the darker side of humanity. Most are more intelligent than in other 'social cliques'. There are many artists, poets, philosophers and musicians."

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