Steampunk is one of the newest subcultures to make its way up from the underground into the relative mainstream. The origins of this genre are most often credited to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells with their early novels of scientific fiction that bordered on fantasy with the level of technological advancements they dreamed up. The genre was further advanced by the small glimpses afforded in non-Vernian films and TV shows such as the third installment of the Back to the Future franchise and Wild Wild West.
In a very simplified nutshell Steampunk is the vision of an alternate history in which many technological advances such as ray-gun style weaponry, airships and even rocket powered travel are placed into existence in the Victorian era. Visually fueled by the Victorian love of exploration and the exotic as well as the relative constraints of the time’s technology, i.e. steam or pneumatically powered inventions.
These days it is exceedingly easy to find information and examples of Steampunk with just a simple online search. Everything from fashion, literature, and art to music and film has made room for the burgeoning style and genre of Steampunk. Some notable names are G.D. Faulksen, author of The Ouroboros Cycle; youtube personality Sir Reginald Pikedevant; and many bands such as Abney Park and The Cog is Dead to name a very few.
As yet, this rapidly blossoming subculture has seen little exposure in our area. In that light, the list of photos included with this article is intended to showcase only a small portion of the possibilities within the scope of the genre as well as provide a glimpse of the range of participants in order to provide an introduction. Please take a few moments to read the artists’ stories as you browse their work.