Stephen Mason died two years ago tomorrow. I saw him two weeks before he died.
Paul- the 3rd of the 3 amigos- was visiting with his family from New Zealand. He said; “This is the last time we will see Steve isn’t it?” It was.
We decided to recreate the 3 amigos picture from The Glade-
And this is how it photoshopped
One day I will sort out the feet…..
Thanks for the memories. We did ok Steve…
I first posted this on Tumblr on 16/5/11. Since then, our good friend Stephen
died in August 2013.
A good friend of mine has unearthed and scanned these old black and white
photos, covering some of our pretentious activities in the dull suburb of
Sidcup. We were 16-18 years young. We are all still friends by the way.
The early photos, taken in the local park, were taken on this even older camera:
Apparently this is an Ensign Cardine, manufactured in London by
Houghton-Butcher sometime between 1925 and 1931.
[edit:see here for info http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_C455.html]
In 1972 we had discovered the music of Frank Zappa, the art of Dada
and the politics of anarchy. Here are the 3 amigos defending our turf.
This is our bench in the park:
The park (The Glade in Sidcup) was our playground. We played music,
drank cider and sowed radishes in the flower beds.
At this stage, Paul played the clarinet, I played the violin and Steve was
learning the guitar. Now, we are all in our 50s, it is Steve who is still
playing music, having turned into a fine blues musician.
We created art installations before cyclepaths existed:
We thought we were avant-garde,
…but really I was just reliving my primary school “music and movement days.
(“Now, pretend your a tree.”)
I don’t know what this is about…
..but don’t you love the heels and flares?
Two years later, we were in Steve’s back garden one fine summer’s day.
I love this “album cover” photo of Paul and me on a scooter
13/08/15 One day I might compile the album to go with the cover…..
and this photo, again of Paul and me, apparently a reflection in a window.
[edit: Taken from inside shed, through window.]
There are one or two more photos and I will be looking to edit some of these later.
Seeing these photos makes me want to explore this time further-
there may be some art work, audio and poetry to follow over time.