David Bowie. Star Man.
We are all still reeling from last week's tragic loss of David Bowie. Here we share a wonderful tribute from one of our photographers, Mark Mawston.
"David Bowie was the definitive male re inventor of rock. Others may have instigated it but Bowie re invigorated music with every character or costume change. His alter ego’s such as Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke reflect perfectly just two of the many disparate sides of music that he mastered, Rock n Roll & Jazz Soul; Ziggy’s Rock and Roll Suicide was the Hyde to his mild mannered Dr. Jekyll of Young Americans or Wild Is The Wind. Like any great 45 single there was always another face to flip too and play. His many moods and flights of fancy have influenced too many other genres to list here.
Although I’ve been lucky enough to photograph many of my musical heroes, few have had the stage presence of David Bowie. Someone once famously said that you could feel Elvis’s presence in the parking lot when he arrived at the studio to record. The same was true of Bowie on stage. I shot him performing one of his last concerts in the UK as part of his Reality Tour in 2003 and he still looked fantastic, holding an entire arena captive with a single smile or flick of the hair. He was still the essence of virility. Here was a man who’d always kept one step in front of everyone else. At this stage he seemed comfortable in his own skin, that of David Bowie and had no problem referring to his diary of songs without a costume or identity change.
Bowie was the personification of the term iconic but to try and name your favourite image or track is like saying you have a favourite cloud as he had the knack of reshaping all forms of music even during the strongest winds of change. As I kid I found the video for Boys Keep Swinging far more jaw dropping and game changing than anything any Punk band were doing at the time."