George Michael, "Hand"; London, 1988
This is a photo I made for George Michael's first cover shoot for Rolling Stone. This photo appeared in the inside spread; the 1988 shoot marked George's debut as a significant solo artist after his separation from Wham! George was just coming off a monster hit, "Faith," and the hand gesture I conjured up for this image was meant to indicate a sense of faith – sort of reaching for something "beyond." It's a real, in-camera double exposure, not a darkroom or retouching trick. That means I had to run the same roll of film through the camera twice, one with his face and hand in silhouette against white, and then a second time, his face straight-on shot against pure black. Naturally, this is all pre-digital photography, so aligning these images was just a guess. Lucky guess!