Gary Nicholls – The Imaginarium

May I point your esteemed attention once again towards a brilliant artist:

Gary Nicholls, a British photographic artist taking the steampunk world by storm, is preparing to release the first tranche of his conceptualised neo-gothic fairy story eponymously based on the Victorian fairground attractions of The Imaginarium. This fantastical tale celebrates the redemption of one woman’s journey from ruination to salvation.


Gary doesn’t just take photographs. He uses photographs to create art. Three of his original composite images have been chosen for an exhibition in New York City (between 25 July and 10 September) while he will be displaying the first chapters of The Imaginarium at ‘The Asylum’ – the largest purely steampunk event in Europe (13-15 September) – in the historic mediaeval city of Lincoln in England. The 60-strong collection of images will ultimately be printed on metal and exhibited on steampunk easels alongside the handmade props and costumes that feature in the storyline.


Drawing on varied and eclectic sources of inspiration such as Joel Grimes, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, Sting and his very own highly talented and creative team, Gary ‘sees’ images that weave themselves organically into an overall story. He then sets about building them in layers from multiple photographs taken personally from locations as diverse as New York City, Barcelona and his own back garden.


The team comprises Julie Walton who gathers the threads from Gary’s imagination and uses those threads to make the costumes while putting her personal spin on them. The props are lovingly handcrafted by Julie’s husband Peter, an electrical engineer by trade, who built The Necessiti, around which the entire story is based. Peter also embellishes Julie’s costumes and has a huge influence on the story’s overall direction. Finally there is Chantelle Quince, the make-up artist. She may be young, but her work is stunning and can take up to four hours for a single shot. With such detail involved in creating The Imaginarium, this long-term project will look spectacular.

Case in point:

Eva Elisabeth Lovelace by Gary Nicholls



The Imaginarium


Gary is planning a limited edition book of prints with accompanying commentary. This will allow an ever-growing audience to continue to enjoy the labyrinthine mind and talents of this 21st century Mary Shelley or Bram Stoker in his very own version of Gormenghast.



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2 Responses to Gary Nicholls – The Imaginarium

  1. Thanks for your post, I have a follow up that you may be interested in:

    Friends of The Imaginarium I need your help!
    For my Imaginarium project I am creating a huge steampunk army picture, (kind of like Lord of the Rings battle scene style).
    There are Steampunk groups all over the world, so I want to have them represented in the image forming a world Steampunk army, with each group flying their own banner as in a real army divisions.
    Ok, I know it may seem crazy (I am in the Uk after all!), and I know I would have to travel around and it will take some serious organising and maybe 2 years to get it produced (and funding!!), but what an ending to The Imaginarium series of images it would create!
    So Please repost this on as many pages as possible, and ask them to get in touch –
    Thank you, let’s make history!

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