The reason I ever picked up a camera was because of David Bowie. Without doubt or hesitation, I can say that. His songs and his visuals have inspired me more than any other artist’s. Whenever I’m stuck for ideas, I play my current favorite Bowie album – I say “current,” because it changes depending on what’s going on in my world. Sometimes I need to drown in Low, and sometimes nothing can get me out of a funk more than Ziggy Stardust. There are many to drown in, and random lines from random Bowie songs have for the last 25 years encouraged and healed me.
The first time I photographed Bowie, I was a wreck. Speech was not an ability that day, even though by then I’d been shooting for a long time. I had never been starstruck before. But when the person responsible for your entire career walks into the room, that’s a lot to take on.
Despite my lack of speech, the shoot went well. Soon after that, we worked on a book together, David Bowie: Live in New York. There are so many moments that stand out, but by far my favorite was seeing David take my son’s hand and walk him out onstage. That moment, seeing my idol and my son holding hands, was magical.
Here are some of my favorite photos from my time with Bowie.
This was the first shoot I ever did with David Bowie. It’s always a risky thing to meet your idol. So much could go wrong. Luckily, my idol was, and is, David Bowie. So everything went right.
After we did our first shoot, David asked me to let him know whenever I was in New York. I said I found that silly, as I would fly to NYC at any time, if he even wanted to have a cup of coffee. A week later, I got a call asking if I would be in New York the following week and if I would like to come to rehearsal to hang. I of course said I would, and asked if I could bring a camera with me. That eventually led to us doing the book together.
At soundchecks, David would sit in different parts of the venue to see how the audience would see and hear the show. I’ve always felt he gave me this image. He knew this would work.
Blurry? Grainy? Fantastic! We both agreed this was the image for the cover of our book, David Bowie: Live in New York.
Post-shower. Not sure what more I can say about that, other than I love my job.
This is my favorite image I’ve ever shot.
This is one of those incredible moments that I’m so thankful for. David showing my son around.
Currently drawing David Bowie but very slowly as getting his face shape and those cheekbones right is harder that I thought! Going to go with a new papercut piece which hopefully shouldn’t take too long