I find this photograph to be quite moving. He has seen darkness and is facing it with defiance, though he knows it is futile in the end. They could be doomed lovers facing the end of a tragedy, when they know there is no escape. She turns to him; he stares into the certain death.
Interviewer: Speaking of try-sexuality, do you accept - or disclaim - any credit for Madonna’s shape-shifting career?
Bowie: I have to leave that to you guys. But I would get behind it [her career] a lot more if I really felt anything for her music. It’s conventional in the extreme. I guess I’ve seen too much, because I don’t really find her provocative, either.
“I had a friend called Craig, who—as we were doing that show—was just slipping in and out of a coma, was dying of AIDS, and it really was for him more than anybody else. And, as these things happen in life and death, unfortunately he died about 36 hours after the show. But it was just something that I felt like I needed to express at that particular moment in time. When you do something like that, you don’t know what it is at the time. It’s just something that, at the spur of the moment, you feel is absolutely necessary to do. After the event, you wonder what you did. […] I’m glad I did it. I’m glad that he maybe heard about it, I don’t know. He was floating in and out of consciousness at the time.”
— David Bowie (1992)
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