|Liebe from Germany|
"I appreciate all my fans, on all occasions, every day of my life.
It’s your presence & your loyalty that has given me great strength" ~Michael Jackson
August 29, 2015, the occasion this time is what should have been Michael’s 57th birthday. The 7th we have had without him. A day to celebrate his life, while missing him even more on this day. At Forest Lawn I am surrounded by such an outpouring of love from fans from all over the world. Some have made the pilgrimage as they do every year and some it is the first time. I have spent the day before photographing and organizing flowers, hearts, cards, and little gifts to be taken inside Holly Terrace, to be placed near Michael’s tomb. Fans from all over have sent me these hand-made and heart-felt missives to honor Michael on the day of his birth. . As I photograph these words of love and respect, I am again struck by how strong and wide Michael’s global reach was and still is. There is so much love, hope and beauty in each one of these messages. The fans much like the man himself, are very creative and talented. His inspiration is evident in their words. He loved them and they love him back…for all time. I am honored and proud to be able to carry these gifts to Forest Lawn on these occasions. Bittersweet, but lovely. I hope Michael knows how much we love and miss him. We will continue to celebrate the day HIS LOVE came in to this world, and we will never stop missing or loving him. Nor will we forget his messages of peace and love.
These beautiful messages are adorned with his face and our love.
|"It gave me great comfort knowing that you were someplace on this earth." ~ USA|
"Thank you Michael for the joy of life that shone in your eyes and went straight to your heart" ~ France
|"My heart is forever yours..."|
"Thank you for being born."
~ Japan Thank Katherine & Joe as well :)
|Michael in a cherry pie...;)|
|Michael will forever be in our hearts||~ Japan|
|This beautiful card arrived waterlogged from Canada|
|"Nothing is the same here since they have taken you from us.. You will be forever Hope, Light, and Life's Teacher, for this entire human race for this planet, for me. Thank you forever. I love you most, ~ Italy"|
|A bouquet of love to you ~ Japan|
|I love the love the children send him.|
|Love from another child in Italy|
|LOVE from the UK|
|Michael incites so much passion|
|"Michael you are forever in my heart" from France|
|Simple and perfect: |
"Nothing more than I love you Michael and I miss you so much"
|LOVE from the USA|
|Love from Hong Kong|
|Love and Respect from Romania|
|"Best wishes and hot kisses" from Poland :)|
|Gifts of love waiting to be taken inside|
These same fans have joined together to send in this beautiful heart made up of roses and balloons.
All of the above hearts and roses went inside Holly Terrace
All of the hearts and cards below were tied to the bushes outside of Holly Terrace. These too were sent by fans from all over the world. Showing our love and respect outside and inside.
These hearts we placed outside Holly Terrace on the bushes on August 28, so they would be there for the whole day of his birthday
|58 candles 57 (+1 to grow on :( )||and some more roses|
We turned the candles on at the time Michael was born