Gargoyles and Grotesques

I love to take photographs of gargoyles and grotesques, but do you know what the difference is between a gargoyle and a grotesque?


Gargoyles are designed with the specific function of spouting water away from a building.  Usually a hole is cut into the back of it and the water pours off the roof, into the hole and out through the gargoyle’s mouth, hence why they are usually elongated in shape.  Some, if not elongated will have a spout.

Grotesques are purely designed as ornamental decoration and will not funnel water away from the building.  They are said to protect the building from evil and warn off evil spirits.

Below are two of my latest photographs of grotesques.

Black Grotesque

Female Grotesque


  1. Brilliant images! Really enjoy your work. I, too, am inspired by gothic imagery and both my husband and I enjoy finding mysterious places to photograph. Look forward to following your future work.
    All the best!

  2. Thanks Wen. You’ll have to send me a link to your photography. 🙂

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