Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Is it a fish? Is it a man?

This extraordinary gargoyle is to be found on the exterior of St Luke's Church in Leek, looking out for malefactors or anybody inending no good to the church.... 
In fact, it's pretty weird, with its flaps that look like nothing so much as gill protectors; and I have no idea what it is meant to be.
The church was built in 1848, so it's nothing oddly medieval.

I can't help thinking (very disrepectfully, probably) that it looks very much like the famous 1950s monster, The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

This post was featured on the City Daily Photo Theme Day on the theme of 'Looking Out'


  1. A perfect choice for theme day. This is truly a curious gargoyle and it is definitely looking out at all that pass by.

  2. "Is it a fish? Is it a man?" I don't know, but whatever it is, he's damned ugly. Good shot.

  3. Very good shot of a very ugly subject. Good job.

  4. How weird that churches engage is this. 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' was my thought, too! Shame on us.

  5. Is it frightened? is it angry? or is it just ugly? Very fun shot.