Here’s looking at you

The dividers in issue 17 of Flow Magazine are all focused on celebrities from a different angle: behind the lens of a camera as opposed to in front of one.

For our Live Mindfully section, we used Michael Jackson. The picture shows a young Michael (1958-2009) during a photo shoot in April 1972. By now, Michael is already accustomed to living life in the spotlight: by the time he was six years of age, he was playing congas in The Jackson Five (the band he was in with his brothers Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon), and shortly thereafter, he became the lead singer. By 1972, the brothers had had five hits, of which ‘I want you back’ (with that high-pitched voice of his) is the best known. This is also the year that the fourteen-year-old Michael broke through as a solo singer, with the hits ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Ben’.

Michael’s career in the music industry spanned more than four decades, during which he created ten albums. Not only was he a globally-recognized singer, the ‘King of Pop’ (as he was also known) was a talented songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor and philanthropist, too. Furthermore, he revolutionized the music video world—the videos for singles such as ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’ and the unforgettable ‘Thriller’ are credited as transforming the medium into an art form—as well as the dancefloor—just think of the robot, moonwalk and that tiptoe-pelvic-thrust-crotch-grab move (need we say more).