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Thread started 05/02/16 6:27pm

Candice2009

Justine Walpole article? "Something was not right"

Link from Twitter but it's a paid newspaper site I can't access from Canada. Any AU fans able to get a copy?

http://bit.ly/1SDQrBW

She was his photographer the last few years. Article called My life behind the purple curtain.
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Reply #1 posted 05/02/16 6:33pm

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Reply #2 posted 05/02/16 6:33pm

meegan12

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/from-teen-dreams-to-privileged-post-behind-princes-purple-curtain/news-story/5ffca1d4787918b237d02a57cb9b20bf?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=TheAustralian&utm_medium=Twitter

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Reply #3 posted 05/02/16 6:41pm

Candice2009

Thanks..sorry the tweet I read quoted her as saying "something was not right" but I didn't get that from the article. Thanks for link.
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Reply #4 posted 05/02/16 6:45pm

morningsong

“He had no entourage that tour,” she said. “I would turn up at the hotel room for the shoot and there was no one there to assist him through it. Minimal lighting. Just him and I, and Ross helping out. He did his own hair and make-up. He’d throw stuff together­. He knew himself so, so well and he was extraordinarily beautiful to photograph.

“There is literally only two frames of that image that exist. There’s no taking hundreds of photos of him. You literally get two shots, then it’s: ‘OK, that’s done. Next.’ ”

Walpole has been running that final shoot over in her mind since Prince died.

“It was really unusual,” she said. “He wasn’t in the room for a while and then he suddenly came back in and he said the most beautiful and sincere thank-you.”


Walpole had spent three years staring into his face through a lens. She knew that face like the back of her hand and there was something across his face that night that she hadn’t seen before, something tender and vulnerable, something big and universal that crossed from mere polite gratit­ude into the realms of acceptance, and fate, and last chances.

“It was the way he said thanks to me that night,” she said.

“The way he looked. I felt at the time it was an unusual thing for him to do. It feels so poignant now when I look back. I don’t know, it probably sounds weird. He was so softly spoken and so quiet, the way he stood there. It was always sad leaving Prince.”

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Reply #5 posted 05/02/16 6:47pm

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Great read.

From teen dreams to privileged post behind Prince’s purple curtain

  • THE AUSTRALIAN
  • APRIL 25, 2016 12:00AM

Australian photographer Justine Walpole was Prince's personal photographer.

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Sometimes she wishes she could go back and talk to her 15-year-old self, the girl lying on her belly beneath a rattly turntable singing Purple Rain in her parents’ lounge room in Victoria’s Gippsland, staring at the iconic album cover face of Prince Rogers Nelson.

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“Guess what?” Justine Walpole­ would tell her young self. “One day you’ll be living in that man’s house. One day he’ll be the most extraordinary friend you’ll ever have.”

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For the past three surreal years of her life, Victoria-raised and Gold Coast-based snapper Walpole was the late rock ’n’ roll star’s personal photo­grapher, a job that saw her living inside Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, a 24/7 magic factory­ of endless ideas, musical experimentation, impromptu late-night photo shoots and ordin­ary old weeknight dinners with a pop culture demigod.

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“It’s such a random

., totally biz­arre experience to happen,” she said yesterday.

“Now that’s it over, I can’t believe it happened. I thought it would never end.”

Walpole slipped behind the purple curtain and saw a creative perfectionist with a wry sense of ­humour and a deep love of ­Aussies who weren’t afraid to say “maybe not, Mr P” when everybody else was saying “yes”.

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A police investigation is under way into his death last week amid reports the 57-year-old used drugs and alternative therapies to tackle chronic pain in his joints.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson, a former crack cocaine addict, could inherit his $US300 million ($389m) fortune, including a rumoured vault of unreleased music at Paisley Park Studios, the $10m complex built in the suburbs of Chan­hassen near Minneapolis.

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Walpole’s surreal adventure began in 2012 when Prince cast his eyes over a series of photographs she had taken of his Brisbane and Melbourne concerts.

“He started jumping around over the shots, pointing at the camera screen, just overjoyed,” she said. Prince changed her life with the following words: “You should come over to Minneapolis and make some art.”

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Weeks later, she landed at the front door of Paisley Park with her long-time, spade’s-a-spade, southeast Queens­land businessman partner Ross Nielson.

“My idea of Paisley Park at 15 was totally different to what I ­actually saw,” she said. “I imagined some sort of cartoon structure with flowers and animals prancing around and rainbows. It’s very, very different. It almost looks like some sort of space-age structure. A great big, massive, austere concrete building. The colour is on the inside.”

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Sweeping recording studios with purple walls, vast indoor concert spaces decorated with Prince’s iconic love symbols, dancefloors and nightclub spaces, endless corridors lined with platinum discs, random guitars everywhere belonging to one of the greatest guitarists of all time, ­spaces for his beloved midnight ping-pong.

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“I went to the front door and I expected someone like a butler to answer the door,” she said. “And Prince opened the door. And I was so excited to see him I ran and I hugged him, kissed him on the cheek. I just forgot myself. But he was so warm and open and he just said, ‘Come on in’.”

What followed was a three-year dream from which she didn’t wake until last week, when Prince was found dead in his home.

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“Prince was bemused by (her partner) Ross,” she said. “Prince and I are both really softly spoken and Ross is this blokey Aussie tidal wave. They bonded so well because Ross is a really good ping-pong player and the two of them would play for hours and hours on end.”

The tennis-loving Prince and Nielson would spend hours dissecting sports, chewing over the diehard qualities of Lleyton Hew­itt between their own rapid paddle forehands and backhands.

“Prince has a lot of female energie­s around him and Ross is so not like that, but he would have Prince in hysterics. Prince was a very amusing guy — he could have been a stand-up comedian. Everyone that knows him knows how funny he is. Tears-rolling-down-your-face funny.”

Prince didn’t do mundane. Prince didn’t do boring.

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“I remember one day he said he wanted flames coming out of one of his band member’s hands in a photo shoot. He would just say these things and then leave the room, and you’d be there going, ‘OK’.

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“I’d always be like: ‘Oh, Prince, umm, about the flame — if I light fire in the studio, won’t the sprinklers go off? I don’t want to burn down Paisley Park.’

“And he’d say: ‘Go outside and light some fire.’ So I’m outside lighting fires and that’s what it’s like.

“He wanted it and you did it. That’s what I loved about him. He pushed you so hard to do things that would normally be impossible ... We got the shot with the flame coming out of the hand.”

The last shoot Walpole had with Prince was in a Melbourne hotel room during his February Australian tour. The shoot gave one of her favourite Prince shots, a haunting, straight-to-camera picture capturing the musician’s epic and intense other-worldly magic.

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Justine Walpole’s portrait shot of Prince taken in Melbourne in February.

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“He had no entourage that tour,” she said. “I would turn up at the hotel room for the shoot and there was no one there to assist him through it. Minimal lighting. Just him and I, and Ross helping out. He did his own hair and make-up. He’d throw stuff together­. He knew himself so, so well and he was extraordinarily beautiful to photograph.

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“There is literally only two frames of that image that exist. There’s no taking hundreds of photos of him. You literally get two shots, then it’s: ‘OK, that’s done. Next.’ ”

Walpole has been running that final shoot over in her mind since Prince died.

“It was really unusual,” she said. “He wasn’t in the room for a while and then he suddenly came back in and he said the most beautiful and sincere thank-you.”

.

Walpole had spent three years staring into his face through a lens. She knew that face like the back of her hand and there was something across his face that night that she hadn’t seen before, something tender and vulnerable, something big and universal that crossed from mere polite gratit­ude into the realms of acceptance, and fate, and last chances.

.

“It was the way he said thanks to me that night,” she said.

.

“The way he looked. I felt at the time it was an unusual thing for him to do. It feels so poignant now when I look back. I don’t know, it probably sounds weird. He was so softly spoken and so quiet, the way he stood there. It was always sad leaving Prince.”

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Even sadder when Prince left us.

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“I remember that girl staring so intently into that Purple Rain album cover,’’ Walpole said.

“Every single day I was at Paisley Park I took myself back to that girl with that album cover and told myself to be in that moment. I tried really hard to really etch it into my memory. I just wanted to remember the spaces, like just being in a room with Prince with him sitting alone at a piano.

“He let that 15-year-old girl see little parts of his life she never would have dreamed of. That was beautiful of him.”

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #6 posted 05/02/16 7:02pm

nursev

morningsong said:

sad sad

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Reply #7 posted 05/02/16 8:21pm

AnonymousFan

Wow. He was doing his own makeup; I always thought he had someone else do it for him. That's sad, it makes me think about how lonely he might have been.

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Reply #8 posted 05/02/16 8:32pm

emesem

Not sure why they need to always say "former crack cocaine addict"...probably a Murdoch tabloid.

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Reply #9 posted 05/02/16 8:35pm

beatz01

I don't know what to make of this story It sounds exaggerated and almost half-faked.Does the article or she herself really claim to have lived inside Paisley Park for the last 3 years ? I somehow doubt it.

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Reply #10 posted 05/02/16 8:39pm

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AnonymousFan said:

Wow. He was doing his own makeup; I always thought he had someone else do it for him. That's sad, it makes me think about how lonely he might have been.


However. That's impressive!
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Reply #11 posted 05/02/16 8:41pm

AnonymousFan

violectrica said:

AnonymousFan said:

Wow. He was doing his own makeup; I always thought he had someone else do it for him. That's sad, it makes me think about how lonely he might have been.

However. That's impressive!

True, true. It is impressive.

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Reply #12 posted 05/02/16 9:01pm

meegan12

emesem said:

Not sure why they need to always say "former crack cocaine addict"...probably a Murdoch tabloid.

i thought the same thing
i think he was only doing hes own make up for that particular tour as she said he had no entourage

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Reply #13 posted 05/02/16 9:49pm

beachy

This was probably the day Vanity died. I think he was gutted by the news. And in mourning these last few months. I heard a recording of part of the concert that night when he dedicated LRC to her. It was poignant.

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Reply #14 posted 05/22/16 9:59am

wayhome

AnonymousFan said:

Wow. He was doing his own makeup; I always thought he had someone else do it for him. That's sad, it makes me think about how lonely he might have been.

Just because he did his own makeup, does not mean he was lonely. That's plain crazy, why would you think that?

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Reply #15 posted 05/22/16 10:21am

Cinny

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Literally, all this says is he didn't have a huge entourage for these photos. We know he was an independent artist. He had a home chef, he had cute women employed as assistants, but if he did his own make-up, whooptydoo.

This woman sold her story, and y'all bought it!

[Edited 5/22/16 10:22am]

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Reply #16 posted 05/22/16 10:30am

BanishedBrian

wayhome said:



AnonymousFan said:


Wow. He was doing his own makeup; I always thought he had someone else do it for him. That's sad, it makes me think about how lonely he might have been.



Just because he did his own makeup, does not mean he was lonely. That's plain crazy, why would you think that?



Precisely. What's next, are we gonna have Org members feeling sad if he played all the instruments on some new recordings?
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Reply #17 posted 05/22/16 10:38am

morningsong

So now folks have appointed themselves the thought approval committee. Yep people are antsy knawing on anything and everything.
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Reply #18 posted 05/22/16 10:41am

wayhome

BanishedBrian said:

wayhome said:

Just because he did his own makeup, does not mean he was lonely. That's plain crazy, why would you think that?

Precisely. What's next, are we gonna have Org members feeling sad if he played all the instruments on some new recordings?

Just wait for the vault recordings to come out, some members will be saying, "Oh my God, he sounds so sad, i think he knew he was going to die!" You know someone will say it, even if it is a vault track from 1984.

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Reply #19 posted 05/22/16 10:49am

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not really sure why the hair and makeup thing was a shock to her. maybe she expected a huge entourage all the time?

sometimes its just easier to do it yourself. it becomes automatic, like popping in contacts.
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And there's always a rainbow, at the end of every rain."--peace and love, dear prince.....
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Reply #20 posted 05/22/16 11:14am

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Has anyone noticed that this pic is on Prince's Instagram? https://www.instagram.com/prince/ I have not seen it mentioned yet, but maybe it has already. About 6 rows down and you'll see it as there are 3 pics of the same pose taking up that whole row. The pic in this article appears to be a crop of that picture and it's much darker. This picture on his Instagram is much more flattering, better lighting etc. smile

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Reply #21 posted 05/22/16 11:21am

avajane

TopazGirl said:

Has anyone noticed that this pic is on Prince's Instagram? https://www.instagram.com/prince/ I have not seen it mentioned yet, but maybe it has already. About 6 rows down and you'll see it as there are 3 pics of the same pose taking up that whole row. The pic in this article appears to be a crop of that picture and it's much darker. This picture on his Instagram is much more flattering, better lighting etc. smile


I thought I'd seen that picture before. I guess the media wanted to paint this story that Prince was depressed these past months. The interview on the chefs further added to the story that Prince was depressed. I always wondered why they spoke to the media so soon, if I were in their shoes I would think it'd be inappropriate.
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