J U S T - K I D S / Patty Smith on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe / ‘We were as Hansel and Gretel and we ventured out into the black forest of the world’
One- ‘there were days, rainy gray days, when the streets of Brooklyn were worthy of a photograph, every window the lens of a Leica, the view grainy and immoble. We gathered our colored pencils and sheets of paper and drew like wild, feral children into the night, until, exhausted, we fell into bed. We lay in each other’s arms, still awkward but happy, exchanging breathless kisses into sleep’
Two- ‘We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark’
Three- ‘I learned from him that often contradiction is the clearest way to truth’
Four- ‘What will happen to us? I asked. “There will always be us” he answered’
Five- ‘So my last image was as the first. A sleeping youth cloaked in light, who opened his eyes with a smile of recognition for someone who had never been a stranger’
Love is School.