Gilbert & George

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    I was going along Fournier Street with my friend, blathering on about Huguenots, the Brick Lane Mosque and various other things, and photographing a few details from the doors of the beautiful old buildings, when I spotted two rather distinguished looking gentlemen and two very young East-Asian girls across the road. I immediately recognised the gentlemen as being Gilbert and George.

    I was about to lift my camera again, from my side of the road, when one of the young girls came running across to me with her little point and shoot camera and asked me to take a photo of the four of them.

    Gilbert and George looked a little bewildered, but seemed happy to stand for the photograph. I handed the camera back and asked if I could take a photo of just them. They didn't say a word, just stood and posed for me. I thanked them and left them to it.

    You can hopefully see from this photo how immaculate they both are. Not a wrinkle in those suits, ties or shirts. And they both have lovely skin - an odd thing to notice maybe, but also an odd thing to be so noticeable.

    They do not separate their art from their daily lives so in effect, they are walking art. I imagine this has a lot to do with how they behaved.

    I was absolutely delighted to spot them and to get this photo.

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    Claudecf, LoopZilla, Marj Joly, mord, and 34 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. LoopZilla 73 months ago | reply

      Gentlemen? Have you see their work?

    2. tim caynes 73 months ago | reply

      they're perfect.

    3. Leo Reynolds 73 months ago | reply

      The journey was excellent. We both slept nearly all the way.

    4. Drift Words 73 months ago | reply

      I think their art and their lives were last seen separately in about 1969, probably just before the Singing Sculptures performances.

    5. wentloog 69 months ago | reply

      You learn something new every day, I'd never heard of them!

    6. s.butterfly 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gilbert & George, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. |eliezer|® 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Panama Hat / Chapéu Panamá / Sombrero Jipijapa / Chapeaux, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. Elizabeth Walshaw 62 months ago | reply

      lucky you! I'm jealous :)

    9. grobs gfx 60 months ago | reply

      brilliant... were they on their way to dinner. Apparently they eat in the same Turkish restaurant every day.

    10. Auntie P 60 months ago | reply

      I have no idea (though I expect so) - I spoke to them to ask if I could photograph them, and to thank them, but they never said a word.

    11. phantomswife 47 months ago | reply

      No idea who G&G are...but I do think "jaunty" is a good fit.

    12. Big*Al*Davies 47 months ago | reply

      They are very famous artists here Sara, look at the links, maybe look on Youtube at living sculpture for a start.

    13. Redmanthinks 44 months ago | reply

      Immaculate. A great shot. What an opportunity.

    14. Stephskimo 39 months ago | reply

      I wrote an article on them for Graffit London back in 2007. They live on Fournier Street :)

    15. Stephskimo 39 months ago | reply

      Oops, I see someone up there beat me to that :p

    16. Auntie P 39 months ago | reply

      Yes, this was taken in Fournier Street :)

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