In January last year I went and visited Virginia Turbett so I could take a proper and extensive view of her archive of Simple Minds images. She has something like 1000 images or more of the band so you can imagine what total fangirl heaven I was in just even TRYING to view over 1000 images in just a few hours.
One of the vintage prints she had there that I fell in love with was this one below of Jim. As you can see he had just had his make up done, ready for the gig that night in Edinburgh at the Odeon on August 28th, 1981.
In November last year, I visited Virginia again and noticed in the contact sheets that there was a “before” shot of Jim – well, technically a “during”, I guess. There was one of him having his make up applied. I have been wanting a copy of it ever since so I could display them side by side.
FINALLY I received the other photo today (see below). I don’t think I will ever stop seeing this man as the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.
I have them both on temporary display in a frame together but they are different sizes. The vintage print (the “after”) is 10 x 8 inches but “the before” is A4 size. At some point soon I’ll put them in seperate, dedicated frames and display them properly.
But for now…I am “made up”! Oh, Mr Kerr. You are beautiful.
And if you want to check out some of the other prints Virginia has (a very small selection of what is in her archive…just of SM alone, let alone the plethora of other bands and artists she’s photographed!) see www.virginiaturbett.com
All those amazing photos. Amazing. They are! Dunno who wrote this 😘 but I like it!
She is scanned, packaged and ready to go…to travel across to the US of A tomorrow.
Of course there’s a tinge of sadness…more than a tinge, in all honesty…but it helped to raise more money than I ever dare dream of for Race For Life this year.
Will I ever raise that much again? Who knows?
Hey…it really is such a small sacrifice. Other people give up SO MUCH to help others and make a difference…I basically just went for a walk and gave up a prized possession. No biggy.
Onwards and upwards!
P.S. I wonder where Jim keeps his copy…
Early days for content but it will soon build. I cannot recommend this lady enough – esp. for Simple Minds content – but she has such an extensive catalogue of artists and bands she’s photographed. You name them, she’s probably photographed them!
Please check out her stuff 😊
The Simple Minds Facebook page has updated its cover pic to a little animated video with a revolving crown on their claddagh symbol. It would seem some news of some sort must be coming…
Stay tuned! (Let’s not get our hopes up too much though. I think it may just be a new release of some kind…not tour news, yet).
There is a new Facebook page that will be highlighting some of the amazing work of Virginia Turbett. It’s only just got up and running, but I think it will become a great showcase of her wonderful work. If the first photo shared on the page is anything to go by (and I am a BIT biased), it will be fab.
And, as a customer, I can attest to her work and quality of her photography and prints. I still plan to add to my small but amazing Simple Minds collection when I have more funds.
Check out the page. Of course you can also check out her website at www.virginiaturbett.com