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Bowie, Outside

So, I have this Bowie icon that I've been using here for many, many years. It's the one on this entry. I can't recall where I got it. I found it somewhere. A week or so ago I got curious enough about the provenance of the image to do a Google image search. Turns out, it's detail from a photo from a Steven Klein/Bowie shoot that appeared in L'Uomo Vogue back in September 2003. I'm including most of those photographs, behind the cut, below. The first one in the series is the source of my LJ icon:













The idea was basically a mashup of Blade Runner (hence Priss) and Bowie's Outside (1995). Now, where this all gets really interesting for me is when these images are cross-referenced with the deeply disturbing, recurring dreams I was having in the winter of 2007 that led to me writing first "A Season of Broken Dolls" and then "In View of Nothing" (as detailed in the chapbook B is for Beginnings; Subterranean Press, 2009). At the time, I noted the connection between those stories, the dreams, and Outside, and Kathryn pointed out at the time that I'd been sleeping to Blade Runner. Now, I don't remember ever actually seeing this photo spread before last week, but I can't swear that I didn't. Regardless, the parallels are there, and it was an eerie sort of jolt, seeing the images.

Submitted, for your consideration. I just wanted to share.

Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:00 am (UTC)
Now, where this all gets really interesting for me is when these images are cross-referenced with the deeply disturbing, recurring dreams I was having in the winter of 2007 that led to me writing first "A Season of Broken Dolls" and then "In View of Nothing"

That really does look like a photoshoot for both of those stories. I hope you synthesized them in parallel.
setsuled
Jan. 19th, 2017 02:01 am (UTC)
You got the icon from me--it was my icon and I used it on a comment. You asked if you could take it--at that time the word you probably used was "snurch". I still have it in my list of icons but I never use it because I felt like it was yours after that. I took it from one of those photos when I saw them posted on one of the BowieNet forums back in 1999 or 2000.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm (UTC)

The mystery is solved. Thank you.

Edited at 2017-01-19 02:56 pm (UTC)
setsuled
Jan. 19th, 2017 02:09 am (UTC)
Also, I'm reminded I bought a Blade Runner book off your wishlist for Christmas. I don't know if you ever received it and I didn't sign it--I didn't realise there was nothing else to identify me on the packages until Kathryn mentioned the one I sent to her did not have anything that identified the sender.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm (UTC)

Yup. I got it. Thank you very much.
akaten
Jan. 20th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.
everville340
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:22 pm (UTC)
Submitted, for your consideration. I just wanted to share.

As good a reason as any to pluck a chapbook off the shelf (B is for Beginnings)....Always late to the party, I just found out about Bowie's No Plan digital release.
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