Well played Ronnie Gurr for revealing this this evening. I’ve only ever seen a few of Richard Coward’s SM images. Obviously his photography was used for the Empires And Dance artwork and there’s an image of Jim he took in the Scottish Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, but these are the only things I have ever seen.
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! JIM IS BEAUTIFUL….
So, I checked out of the hotel I had spent the past three nights in this morning.
I then went to the local shopping mall – Westfield, Liverpool… just to kill some time before heading up to Gosford and spending a few days with my friend, Gillian.
I wandered about Westfield for a while, that is where I spotted the travel agency photographed below.
When I left the mall and was making my way to the train station, to my utter amazement, I saw an advertising billboard for SM. I really never expected to see such a thing in my home town. Lol. It blew my tiny (and Simple) mind.
It was a nice surprise.
So, here’s the thing. I was working on social media and my work took me to Instagram. The name Tom Sheehan pops up. A photographer. I thought “His name seems familiar to me in terms of having worked with Simple Minds. I’ll go to the blog and search for him and see what crops up.”
Well, blow me down! What cropped was Melody Maker from November 27th(!), 1982 – and photos of Jim in various poses with a Canadian flag.
HUNTER AND THE HUNTED! My HATH art piece! It was Tom’s photo on the cover I had used for it.
I contacted him on Instagram. He probably thinks me a prized idiot. And is probably highly pissed off I used his photo. 😞☹️
I went on to explain the significance of it for me. What the piece I generated meant. Jim’s reaction to it…everything. And how much I would love to get an original print of the photo. I have no idea if it’s possible. He probably won’t even take me seriously. He may never respond to me.
I can’t afford to buy a print from him yet. And even if it is the only one I ever buy from him…I have to get it! I really hope he can sell it as a print. I have since been to his website and he does sell prints, but whether I can get one of Jim from the MM cover remains to be seen.
I’ll approach him again when I have the money to buy.
Had a go at tidying up the image of Jim in the SSIS fold-out poster with the 7” vinyl. Don’t know if any of you guys have a crease proof copy, but I don’t…and I have three of them! Lol.
30+ years of being folded up will do that.
The crease stubbornly would fall all down the left side of his face across his eye (and when I say the left side…I mean from his perspective). I tried tidying it up years ago, but thought I’d have a fresh go…and just added a few other “improvements”. (Not so much with him…it’s impossible to improve upon perfection…)
The fresh attempt was spurred on by someone viewing my original attempt of “improvement” a couple of days ago.
I saw this photo of Jim wearing flip flops (what we Aussies call “thongs”) some years back.
I thought…”Well, he’s in the thongs…so he’s already in the right footwear. Let’s ‘accessorise’ him a bit.”
So, here we are! Jim’s ready for Oz!
Wish I was! Short of some miracle…it ain’t happening 😦
So, here’s the distraction and fun. Tarting up the mister to be an Aussie bloke. Lol
Even dressed in thongs, budgie smugglers and a cork hat…I would. Lol. I would no matter what he was wearing! Wearing nothing at all would be ideal! 🤤😉
(Maybe you can keep the cork hat on. Lol)
A bit of a play around. My ear fetish has expanded….
It should be against the law for someone to look this stunning…
I love intimate backstage shots like this…
This one is akin to those shots of him, Charlie and Mick. The ones I started a painting on and just aborted cos it was shit…like all the other shit I do.
Photo by theparietaleye