Travel, Photography, Life and Death

I took a lot of photos this summer. We travelled, saw friends, saw some beautiful places. One of them was Whitby, famous for Jet and of course Vampires! It’s not hard to see why Bram Stoker was inspired when you go up to the Abbey and take a look around. Life and death appear side by side – opposite sides in fact, of the same town. A strange, thought-provoking juxtaposition to see. A cemetery right above a thriving town full of living people. Quite a picture.  But what a place to end your days!

Whitby life and death

The Abbey itself is an imposing structure.  It’s a very impressive image and very provocative for any writer. My partner writes Vampire and horror fiction, and he loved the atmosphere. He has visited Whitby several times in the past and doesn’t tire of it. You can see why. Perched high above the town, Stoker had the perfect breeding ground for a fertile imagination.

Whitby Abbey

It’s a wonderful old town, crammed with little shops and craftspeople. But the approach to the Abbey is a daunting one. We took our time climbing the steps, stopped and admired the view, getting our breath back at the same time.

Approach to the Abbey

Whitby Bay. A view from the climb

Here’s another view from the steps.

Abbey Steps View

Where have you been? What have you seen? Did you gain any new insights or inspiration from your travels?



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Evelyn
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 21:28:02

    A lovely series of photos !! Maybe I’ll be able to visit here someday !!


  2. Willowarchway
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 13:17:49

    What lovely photography, my husband is pretty handy with a camera but doesn’t think he is. We have some stunning photo’s from around the world, New Zealand being a favourite, but here in Ireland the scenery is still magical. Haven’t been to Whitby in years but do remember looking down on the town with a bell tolling in the distance and it was so haunting. Keep up the good work.


    • chriscaff
      Oct 14, 2011 @ 15:13:13

      Thank you! Your husband should get some photos online. Feedback may give him the confidence! Your blog looks really interesting, as does your project. I’ve passed the URL to friends.


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