“I knew Duffy’s work of course. Of all the ’60s photographers – who were all very good – for me what Duffy did was to be more creative. He didn’t just capture the moment – he invented the moment. I found him the most inventive of all those photographers. That’s what interested me.” – Derek Boshier
Taken by Duffy during the fourth of the Five Sessions with David Bowie in 1979 for his thirteenth studio album and final album of his “Berlin Trilogy.” The final cover art was a collaboration between Duffy/Bowie and Derek Boshier tying the project together graphically.
This image was Duffy’s take on the Lodger scene which was originally intended for the album cover. Shooting from the rafters of his London studio, Duffy photographed David who was suspended on a custom built metal frame. Bowie’s face was then manipulated by fishing line to enhance the look of the falling man. Lastly, a jet of water was shot into the bathroom sink which further changes the perspective. Until the full release of the behind the scenes imagery in the Five Sessions book the image and how it was created remained a mystery to many.
Duffy's "Lodger" sink and water experimental images were sent to Derek Boshier by David Bowie to work with for the project. They were used in the background for the "Life and Death" collage in the gatefold of the album along with an image of the set build showing the wires being attached to David's face. In the background of the Lodger Kodachrome image the jet of water being shot into the sink can be seen behind Bowie's leg in the bottom left-hand side of the frame. At the last minute, David decided to use a cropped version of Duffy’s test Polaroid for the album cover instead which did not have the water.
The fascinating story behind this timeless session is fully documented in the Duffy Bowie Five Sessions Book told by those who were involved including Derek Boshier, makeup artist Sara Raeburn and Hairdresser Martin Samuel.
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