Back in 1967 David Bowie was struggling to make his mark. His self-titled album failed to chart and he was a few years away from his brilliant remergence with Space Oddity. But one thing that would live forever in his fans’ memories would be these incredible images taken by Gerald Fearnley.
Fearnley said of meeting the 20 year-old David Bowie: “I don’t remember how he ended up in my studio, but I was probably the only person he knew with a camera and a studio.” Apart from taking the coer-shot of the aforementioned chart flop the photos he took of the soon-to-become-legend David remained unpublished for such a long time but offer a glimpse into a moment in time for a timeless icon.
Having been learning mime with the incredible, late Lindsey Kemp, Bowie chose to use these new found skills, as well as his natural affability in front of the camera to create the images. “Mime is a marvellous medium,” Bowie told Melody Maker in 1969. “It requires a lot of concentration on the part of the audience.”
The images aren’t quite what we think of when remembering the ever-changing pop-chameleon. They offer us a certain innocence and a bristling bright-eyed hope that, although won’t see David achieve success immediately, will ensure that his desire and fire is never extinguished.
Take a look below at the beginning of a legend.