I wanted to tell her
How Beautiful she was
But I just stared...
"It was very emotional. I mean, it was very emotional, first of all, listening to John on the tape, you know, because he is not here. But his voice was there. And then, you know, we had to, you know, we’ve all called each other and spoke about it. You know, we had to say, okay, well, are we going to do this? It’s pretty strange. And we came to the conclusion that, well, what we’ll do is we’ll just feel like - you know, we’ll just sort of say, well, John’s gone on holiday for a while, or he’s gone for a cup of tea. And that’s how we got into it. So it felt okay, you know."
-Ringo Starr, 1995 [X]
John always put on the macho style when he was young, but the picture does show all the emotions and sadness and loss he had gone through even then in his short life - the death of his mother and then the death of his best friend.
So that is why I really love the picture of him because it shows the John I always wished he would be when he got older - showing emotions in his face. I took the photograph in the attic where Stuart used to paint in Hamburg.