HARDHOUND

Peter Gabriel – 1

Author: Colin | Published: 8/12/10

Peter Gabriel - 1

Peter Gabriel - 1

Peter Gabriel - 1

Peter Gabriel - 1

Artist Peter Gabriel
Title Untitled (Peter Gabriel)
Label Charisma
Year 1977
Design Update: Likely to be Storm Thorgerson rather than the previously stated Peter Christopherson, Hipgnosis
Music Popular
Desktop Download image
Notes This is Peter Gabriel’s first solo album after his departure from Genesis. The image on the front cover, which is inevitably most widely known, communicates an almost overpowering sense of isolation, alienation and unhappiness. The reason for this may be technology, fame or something as yet undisclosed. What’s certain is that this impression is achieved with remarkable economy.

A skeletal narrative unfolds over the four images that each span the outer and inner sleeves from edge to edge. Read chronologically, the viewer begins by approaching the scene, draws alongside the vehicle, waits for the window to open and finally meets the gaze of the figure inside the car. The subject remains remote, his gaze downcast until the final frame in which he engages the viewer with a direct stare that reveals his otherness. Are those cogs or flowers that illuminate his eyes? His expression is blank, unapologetic. He leans toward the viewer a little.

The car is almost unidentifiable, it’s an any car, a stand-in for all cars. Similarly, although the subject is Gabriel himself, there’s little to distinguish him, he’s an everyman, removed, unreadable. Even his posture is unclear: has he slumped forward, is he asleep or catatonic? He’s a passenger, seated in the passenger seat, another clue to his lack of agency. The desaturated grey of the windows and the barely-spied interior suggests the colourlessness of despair. The car is a prison that has drained all life from its inhabitant. It’s the antithesis of Gary Numan’s “Here in my car, I feel safest of all”. Nothing of nature is visible except the stormy sky reflected in the windscreen. Rain has gathered in tiny puddles on the vehicle’s metal body. The rain’s lack of absorption conveys a sense of the inorganic, unyielding nature of the scene. The framing of each image is close and claustrophobic.

I’ve only seen the inner sleeve for the first time recently and much as I like its development, I find myself a little disappointed by the final image. It seems superfluous: the trope of the pop star as alien was most famously explored by David Bowie on Space Oddity and then in Nic Roeg’s film The Man Who Fell To Earth released a year before this album. There’s something chilling and fascinatingly static about the other three images that is (self-) sufficient, more powerful without the narrative. They’re frames of an unmade film scripted by J.G. Ballard. As with the vast majority of Hipgnosis covers, there’s a strong sense of art direction over design, the textual elements ultimately incidental to the strength of the images.

The design and visual imagery for Peter Gabriel’s first three solo albums has been attributed to Peter Christopherson during his tenure with Hipgnosis, although no reference is made to this on Storm Thorgerson’s website. This post is dedicated to Christopherson, the designer, artist and musician who died last week.

See also:

Hipgnosis

Listen Peter Gabriel – Here Comes The Flood


Comments

  1. My wife and i ended up being quite happy when Chris managed to finish up his reports with the ideas he made through the weblog. It’s not at all simplistic to just be handing out thoughts which usually men and women have been selling. We know we now have the blog owner to thank for that. The type of illustrations you have made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships your site assist to promote – it’s got many sensational, and it’s really assisting our son in addition to us know that this matter is satisfying, which is tremendously essential. Many thanks for all!

    Comment by moncler outlet — July 2, 2020 @ 9:15 am
  2. Thank you for your whole effort on this blog. My mother delights in carrying out investigations and it’s really obvious why. Many of us know all regarding the powerful manner you make insightful tricks through your website and as well attract response from people on the idea then our favorite daughter is without a doubt becoming educated a great deal. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the year. You are performing a good job.

    Comment by golden goose — July 4, 2020 @ 9:34 pm
  3. I must voice my passion for your kindness giving support to those who really need help on your issue. Your personal dedication to getting the message all through turned out to be amazingly important and have in most cases enabled others much like me to attain their ambitions. The insightful suggestions indicates a whole lot to me and even more to my peers. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.

    Comment by longchamp handbags — July 10, 2020 @ 4:01 am
  4. I’m just commenting to let you know of the excellent experience my cousin’s princess experienced reading your web site. She discovered a lot of details, with the inclusion of what it is like to have an incredible helping mood to get others very easily know precisely a variety of tricky subject matter. You actually exceeded my desires. Thanks for rendering such precious, healthy, explanatory as well as unique thoughts on this topic to Mary.

    Comment by yeezys — July 14, 2020 @ 7:26 pm
  5. A lot of thanks for all your work on this website. Kim takes pleasure in conducting investigations and it’s really simple to grasp why. All of us notice all about the powerful form you give insightful tips and tricks via this website and as well increase contribution from people about this matter then our own simple princess is certainly understanding a lot. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You are performing a really great job.

    Comment by yeezy 500 — July 17, 2020 @ 9:14 pm
  6. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different page
    and thought I might check things out. I like what I see
    so i am just following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

    Comment by webhosting — July 18, 2020 @ 7:17 am
  7. I must convey my passion for your kind-heartedness in support of all those that need help on in this subject. Your real dedication to getting the message all-around became remarkably important and have regularly helped ladies much like me to get to their desired goals. Your amazing insightful tips and hints denotes so much to me and especially to my fellow workers. Best wishes; from everyone of us.

    Comment by nike air force — July 21, 2020 @ 12:19 pm
  8. Hello very cool blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb ..
    I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also? I’m glad to seek out numerous useful info
    here in the post, we’d like develop extra strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing.
    . . . . .

    Comment by best hosting — July 21, 2020 @ 10:37 pm
  9. I truly wanted to develop a brief note to appreciate you for all of the lovely solutions you are placing on this site. My long internet search has finally been recognized with reliable knowledge to exchange with my pals. I ‘d mention that many of us readers are really endowed to exist in a fantastic place with so many special people with valuable ideas. I feel really blessed to have seen the webpage and look forward to many more entertaining minutes reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.

    Comment by chrome hearts online store — July 24, 2020 @ 7:46 pm
  10. I have to convey my respect for your kindness in support of those people that must have assistance with this one topic. Your very own dedication to getting the solution around became exceptionally insightful and have always empowered individuals much like me to attain their ambitions. Your amazing important help and advice indicates this much a person like me and especially to my mates. With thanks; from all of us.

    Comment by supreme outlet — July 27, 2020 @ 8:21 pm
  11. I am commenting to let you know what a useful encounter our child had reading your blog. She figured out such a lot of issues, most notably what it is like to have an excellent giving mindset to get others easily comprehend various hard to do topics. You undoubtedly did more than our own expected results. I appreciate you for rendering these interesting, trusted, revealing and even cool tips about the topic to Jane.

    Comment by kyrie 4 — August 2, 2020 @ 3:28 pm
  12. I wish to point out my respect for your kindness in support of persons who really want help on in this question. Your very own dedication to passing the solution around became surprisingly productive and has usually empowered professionals just like me to arrive at their dreams. Your entire helpful report denotes so much to me and further more to my fellow workers. Thank you; from all of us.

    Comment by balenciaga shoes — August 5, 2020 @ 12:22 pm
  13. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each
    time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Cheers!

    Comment by best web hosting company — August 5, 2020 @ 3:53 pm
  14. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much
    about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other
    than that, this is excellent blog. A great read.
    I will definitely be back.

    Comment by website hosting services — August 7, 2020 @ 9:42 am
  15. I do accept as true with all the concepts you’ve introduced for your post.
    They are really convincing and will definitely work.

    Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for newbies.

    May just you please extend them a bit from
    next time? Thanks for the post.

    Comment by web hosting providers — August 8, 2020 @ 4:22 pm
  16. Hi Dear, are you genuinely visiting this web page daily,
    if so after that you will without doubt obtain nice experience.
    adreamoftrains web hosting sites

    Comment by adreamoftrains website hosting companies — August 9, 2020 @ 6:22 am
  17. I am just commenting to let you understand what a really good discovery my cousin’s princess undergone visiting your site. She discovered so many issues, including what it’s like to possess a very effective helping nature to make many more without difficulty understand various specialized issues. You actually did more than readers’ expectations. Thanks for churning out the valuable, healthy, edifying and also cool tips on that topic to Jane.

    Comment by supreme clothing — August 12, 2020 @ 5:53 pm
  18. I wish to express appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from this type of dilemma. Right after browsing throughout the online world and meeting views that were not productive, I was thinking my entire life was well over. Being alive without the presence of strategies to the issues you have sorted out through this post is a critical case, and ones which could have badly affected my career if I hadn’t come across your site. Your expertise and kindness in controlling every part was tremendous. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not come upon such a point like this. I can at this point look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot very much for your specialized and sensible help. I won’t think twice to refer the blog to anybody who should get counselling about this area.

    Comment by curry 7 shoes — August 14, 2020 @ 10:16 pm
  19. I have to point out my respect for your kind-heartedness giving support to persons who require help on that concept. Your personal commitment to passing the solution all around appeared to be certainly helpful and have specifically helped people much like me to realize their endeavors. The helpful instruction denotes this much to me and far more to my office workers. With thanks; from each one of us.

    Comment by outlet golden goose — August 17, 2020 @ 2:51 am
  20. Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few
    of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure
    why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two
    different browsers and both show the same outcome.

    Comment by cheap flights — August 24, 2020 @ 11:22 am
  21. Quality articles is the important to attract the viewers to pay a
    quick visit the website, that’s what this site is providing.
    cheap flights y2yxvvfw

    Comment by cheap flights — August 25, 2020 @ 1:50 am
  22. What’s up friends, how is everything, and what you wish for
    to say concerning this paragraph, in my view its really amazing in support of me.

    Comment by web hosting company — August 25, 2020 @ 9:08 pm
  23. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different web address and thought I should check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward
    to looking over your web page for a second time. yynxznuh cheap flights

    Comment by cheap flights — August 26, 2020 @ 2:46 am
  24. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

    Comment by cheap flights — August 26, 2020 @ 6:51 am
  25. I want to express some appreciation to you for bailing me out of this predicament. Right after looking out through the search engines and finding principles that were not beneficial, I was thinking my life was over. Living devoid of the answers to the issues you’ve sorted out by means of your main review is a crucial case, as well as the kind which might have badly damaged my entire career if I had not noticed your web blog. Your main natural talent and kindness in maneuvering every part was useful. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not come upon such a point like this. It’s possible to now relish my future. Thank you so much for this specialized and amazing help. I will not be reluctant to recommend the blog to any person who needs direction about this situation.

    Comment by yeezy 700 — August 26, 2020 @ 10:01 pm
  26. What a information of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable familiarity on the topic of unpredicted
    emotions.

    Comment by black mass — August 31, 2020 @ 2:50 am
  27. Currently it seems like WordPress is the best blogging platform out there right
    now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

    Comment by best website hosting — August 31, 2020 @ 2:38 pm
  28. I’m not sure exactly why but this web site is loading very
    slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

    Comment by best web hosting company — August 31, 2020 @ 7:01 pm
  29. When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any approach you may remove me from that service? Thanks!

    Comment by hermes belts — September 4, 2020 @ 1:01 am
  30. Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I wanted to write a little
    comment to support you.

    Comment by best web hosting company — September 5, 2020 @ 9:19 am
  31. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I know it was my option to read, however I really thought youd have one thing interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you would fix when you werent too busy looking for attention.

    Comment by hermes online — September 6, 2020 @ 4:43 am
  32. You made some respectable factors there. I seemed on the internet for the issue and located most people will go together with along with your website.

    Comment by yeezy boost 350 v2 — September 8, 2020 @ 9:27 am
  33. Thanks for sharing this information.

    Comment by English Essay Writing — September 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am
  34. I抎 need to check with you here. Which is not one thing I usually do! I take pleasure in studying a post that can make individuals think. Also, thanks for permitting me to remark!

    Comment by kd 10 — September 12, 2020 @ 7:27 pm
  35. I found your blog site on google and verify a few of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the very good operate. I simply further up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. Seeking forward to reading extra from you later on!?

    Comment by nike epic react — September 15, 2020 @ 12:51 am
  36. When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any approach you may remove me from that service? Thanks!

    Comment by birkin bag — September 17, 2020 @ 4:56 am
  37. There are actually quite a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice point to deliver up. I supply the ideas above as basic inspiration however clearly there are questions just like the one you deliver up where the most important thing shall be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged round issues like that, however I am positive that your job is clearly recognized as a good game. Both boys and girls feel the influence of only a moment抯 pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

    Comment by steph curry shoes — September 19, 2020 @ 5:59 pm
  38. I抎 must test with you here. Which isn’t one thing I usually do! I take pleasure in studying a publish that will make individuals think. Also, thanks for allowing me to remark!

    Comment by kd shoes — September 21, 2020 @ 9:31 pm
  39. I found your weblog web site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the superb operate. I just extra up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. In search of forward to reading extra from you afterward!?

    Comment by jordan retro — September 23, 2020 @ 11:04 pm
  40. Once I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any manner you’ll be able to take away me from that service? Thanks!

    Comment by kyrie spongebob — September 26, 2020 @ 12:26 am
  41. That is the appropriate blog for anyone who wants to seek out out about this topic. You notice so much its almost arduous to argue with you (not that I really would need匟aHa). You positively put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

    Comment by jordan shoes — October 1, 2020 @ 10:18 pm
  42. There are actually numerous details like that to take into consideration. That could be a nice level to deliver up. I provide the thoughts above as normal inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you bring up where the most important factor will be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged round things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the affect of just a moment抯 pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

    Comment by kd 12 — October 4, 2020 @ 3:22 am
  43. Would you be interested in exchanging links?

    Comment by moncler outlet — October 12, 2020 @ 3:18 am

Comment?

You must be logged in to post a comment.