This is a beautiful picture book of extremely close-up photos of Michael's items- many of them pieces of his clothing. The famous "gold pants" and the gold "onesie" are even included.
I loved looking at the construction of these iconic costumes- makeup stains and all. All I could think of was that these held his wonderful, rhythmic body and I thought of all the performances I watched on YouTube of him performing in them.
It was also very sad to see items wrapped and taped to be removed from the house. Neverland was Michael's dream home. A place where he could have the fun he never got to have as a child. A place where inner city kids and children with terminal illnesses, could have one day of fun- even when he wasn't there.
IMO, it is a shame that the DA, Tom Sneddon, and his seventy some officers desecrated it. I think the term "overkill" could apply here. Their ransacking of Michael's home made it a place to which Michael vowed never to return- and he never did. His dreams had been shattered.
This book allows us to see the magic that was Michael Jackson. He is now finally free of the non-stop media/tabloid bashing. It is a scary world in which a human being could be so methodically and sytematically set upon to be destroyed as Michael Jackson was. I'm surprised he survived as long as he did and that he still ws able to keep his loving and giving heart. As Maya Angelou wrote, "We had him. And we are the world." Too bad we didn't take care of him.
I'm not sure what I had hoped to find in this book...maybe I thought it would finally show the world the "essence" of Michael - what made him tick, so to speak. Maybe I hoped for stories about the items, like who made them, or when he obtained them. There have been so many books recently published about Michael that one has to admit he affected THE WORLD in many ways, whether they listened to his music or not. Once and for all, I hoped it would be positive attention for the man that gave us so much.
This picture book opens our eyes to a few of the items the photographer had access to during his initial assignment to photograph the iconic white glove for which Michael Jackson was so well known. During his first visit, Leutwyler saw a "story" aching to be told. Although he waited years to tell that tale, he did a fair job of it in these pages.
Published with no dialogue, save the Epilogue on the last two pages, Leutwyler shows us the detail that went into Michael's costumes and gloves. He shows us a few of the pieces of simple art and magnificent jewelry that Michael owned -- and the care that went into each piece is evident in the crystal clear photographs. Some of the costumes show wear or makeup and that allows us to see Michael as more than a musical genius, more than an icon, more than a humanitarian. Perhaps, he would not personally have chosen these items for this book, but he was willing to part with them at auction someday (which means he was willing to allow us to see them in this state of disrepair at some point).
The child-like quality of some of the items lets us see into Michael's heart and how much he yearned for a more complete childhood than he had...remember, he worked on stage since the age of 5!Read more ›
Inanimate objects - gilded, spangled, autographed, stained - provide insights into the man missing from every picture. Lush yet stark images mirror the complexity of their owner. There is an occasional glimpse of a larger story, such as packing crates in the background or makeup on a collar. But most photos are of a single, unadorned object and viewers must remember, deduce or imagine the context. A tour de force.
Some say that inanimate objects have a presence or a sense of being. This photographer has captured a few of Michael's items and presented them on the pages in such a way that we are carried inside the beauty and being of each. A hat, a glove, a toy, each alone on the page. A nametag inside a shirt reminds that this once danced with Michael inside. The beautiful brooch once felt the touch of fingers as it was pinned to a jacket. One shoe's sole experienced so many slides and spins. Viewing these individual objects has allowed me to experience another layer of a precious story. I am thankful that there was a photographer that understood this story, and he could share it.
i would recommend this book to its entirety. When my mum opened she was overjoyed and commented that this was a great book, which showed intimate and up close pictures of Michael's belongings, although i did find it sad to see it, stored away.. I love Michael with all my heart, thank you
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