Horror of Grotesques

I’ve collected quite a few horrific or scary looking photographs of grotesques that I would like to share with you, but do you know what a grotesque is?

odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.


Budworth Grotesque Horror

Budworth Grotesque Horror by Amanda Norman Photography

What Are Grotesques?

A grotesque shouldn’t be confused with a gargoyle.

A grotesque is purely decorative where by a gargoyle is used to funnel water off the roof of a building, to the ground in order to protect the stonework from water.

Grotesque on St Lukes

Scary Grotesque by Amanda Norman Photography

The grotesque above can be found on the bombed out church of St Luke’s in Liverpool.  I find her eyes and weathered face unsettling.

Grotesque Eyes

Grotesque Eyes by Amanda Norman Photography

The face on the above grotesque have weathered away, but it’s eyes still stand out.  It almost looks like an alien form of Medusa, but in reality it will more than likely be a female with a head dress.  In more recent times, notables who funded the building of a new church would have a grotesque modeled on themselves to be placed upon the wall.

Doorway Gaurdian Male

Ugly grotesque on the doorway of a church

Is the grotesque above looking up at the heavens or rolling his eyes in despair?

Mr Ugly Grotesque

Mr Ugly Grotesque

Finally, Mr Ugly above was the very first photograph I took of a grotesque and at the time I never knew the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque.  I just found Mr Ugly to be very ugly, but I loved how weathered the sandstone has become as it slowly gets covered in a mass of cobwebs over the centuries.  To view more of my gargoyle and grotesque photography, click the banner below to watch my latest video on YouTube.

Gargoyles and Grotesques

Learn more about gargoyles and grotesques by Amanda Norman Photography

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