Pop those vampire teeth in and find that swirling cape you’ve got buried in your closet for the Whitby Goth Weekend. Twice a year, the quiet town in North Yorkshire, England is descended upon by thousands of figures clad in black lace, top hats, ghoulish make up and more for the bi-annual event. Believed to be where Bram Stoker drew inspiration for the dark classic Dracula, Whitby has been host to this unique subculture for 20 years. Photographer Annie Collinge spent time capturing one of the most popular gothic events in Europe, people arriving from all over the world to celebrate their love of the macabre.
In My Girls, photographer Laurence Philomène tenderly documents intimate moments with her girlfriend Luna e Los Santos, who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a controversial and widely misunderstood mental illness resulting from a history of trauma or abuse. As a means of coping with intrusive memories, a person with DID might develop two or more distinct personalities with differing autobiographical narratives. For this courageous collaboration with Luna, Philomène disrupts the stigma and shame surrounding DID by approaching Luna’s experience through a loving and sensitive lens. Says the 21-year-old artist, “Every day is different, and for me it’s about always acknowledging whichever alter is out, treating them with love [and] respect and growing together.”