POST­CARDS FROM THE EDGE

Carl Glover lets us in on a few se­crets about the Brave al­bum cover…

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The iden­tity of the silent girl found on the sev­ern bridge who in­spired brave isn’t the only mys­tery sur­round­ing the al­bum. its cover fea­tures an equally enig­matic por­trait of a woman whom nei­ther the band nor the man who de­signed it know.

carl glover was the de­signer who cre­ated brave’s strik­ing art­work. he was work­ing for de­sign stu­dio bss at the time, and had been col­lab­o­rat­ing with marillion since sea­sons end, the first al­bum they made with steve hog­a­rth. “ob­vi­ously [orig­i­nal sleeve artist] mark wilkin­son had gone with fish, and we’d moved away from the pre­vi­ous look, which was very strong,” glover tells Prog. “us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy was the big thing.”

the band gave glover an out­line of the story, and he re­mem­bers meet­ing up with steve hog­a­rth “for a few shandies, so i knew the vis­ual space it in­hab­ited pretty well – alien­ation is a re­cur­ring theme in mu­sic”.

the pho­to­graph it­self came from an un­likely source. “in those days, pho­tog­ra­phers used to send us what were ef­fec­tively post­cards as a show­case for their work,” he says. “this one just stood out. my boss liked it, and he came up with this idea of hav­ing that with a load of writ­ing on it across the face. i can’t re­mem­ber how we came across the writ­ing but it turned out to be from the diary of anne frank, which was a pure ac­ci­dent.” glover re­mem­bers the name of the pho­tog­ra­pher – michael John­son – but has no idea what hap­pened to him. “he seems to have dis­ap­peared with­out trace. i’ve got a feel­ing that he was try­ing out a new ca­reer and de­cided to do some­thing dif­fer­ent in­stead.”

and did he ever find out the iden­tity of the girl in the photo? “no, i never knew at all. there’s some­one out there on a marillion cover and doesn’t even know it. but that hap­pens more than you think.”

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