Dade Freeman
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Ziggy Stardust

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is loosely based on the story of a fictional rock star.

In the 1970s, glam rock ruled the music world, and the undisputed galactic president of that world was David Bowie's flamboyant alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Ziggy represented the definitive rock star - sexually promiscuous, a wild drug taker but with a message of peace and love. He was destroyed both by his own consumption and by the fans he inspired.

I have lots of part-conceived ideas but the one currently underway is 'Iconic Images'. It is a simple idea for a photographic project and offers plenty of reference points. So when the very talented Elloise India Willett said she was contemplating making models up as David Bowie characters, I knew we were destined to work together (again). Elloise arrived at Brighton Media Centre with five models in tow, all beautifully glammed up. I  ensured that each persona had their own lighting setup and reference points to original images for motivation. Not only that but Bowie's music blared from the speakers as we all worked together.

I was very happy with the models, the make up and the final shots, and this has inspired me to continue with the project, so keep watching this space. ;)

If you don't know the reference, see here - Starman Video

This is the first of five David Bowie personas

Make up Artist - Elloise India Willett Model - Alanna Manwaring