John said, ‘Can I see where [Stuart] used to paint?’ I said, ‘Of course you can.’ In that moment I had to take a picture. I just grabbed this old chair and put it there. John was just so full of emotion, being in the same room where his friend was just painting, that he nearly burst into tears. And George was a bit worried so I just said to George, ‘Stand behind him.’ You could see how quickly George understood what it was all about; death and being alive. He had only just turned 18. When you look at the picture and see his eyes, they’re so full of protection for John. And John was just falling to bits sitting there and you could see that in his face.
- Astrid Kirchherr