It was a cold and grey day. It was 9am Sunday in Soho. Not a lot is open at 9am. We were there early to beat the crowd, taking pictures that will form the basis of the cover of Beyond the Beehive. Our model, Billie, was shivering and needed coffee. She was polite about the clothes she was required to wear, but it was clear they weren’t her usual style. A straight skirt and a simple twin-set didn’t speak to her the way they spoke to me in Chelmsford, queuing to get into the Corn Exchange on Saturday night. I suppose that’s what they call the march of progress.
And suddenly the Bar Italia was there, open.
Warmth at last. Then we walked round Soho taking pictures. At Ronnie Scott’s it was obviously an omen that Georgie Fame was appearing. We hummed Yeah Yeah to ourselves as we completed the shoot.
Now we have to start making decisions. Should it be this one?
Or this one?
Or this? …