The Beatles singer/guitarist John Lennon’s one of the rarest photos with Yoko Ono has been shared on Lennon’s official Instagram page.

The photo was taken by Kishin Shinoyama, and the page has revealed a rare statement of Shinoyama as a caption of that post. The statement showed some observations about the lifestyle of Ono and Lennon after The Beatles’ split.

Here’s the statement:

“I think that photography should capture a moment at the end of every second, so to speak. Every moment ends instantly, it becomes the past, you know? Photography is one of the tools you can use to record a moment. For any type of work, I’ve never changed my approach. I take photos of everything I see, without letting anything pass by. ⠀

John was a big star. Everyone in the world knows John Lennon of the Beatles. He was really focusing on his music. I was so nervous to meet him, but he was so nice. How do you say it in English? Tender? He was such a sweetheart.⠀

John and Yoko were doing creative work, working on recording the album together after a long time away from making music. They had been raising their son Sean, loving each other and living their happy life together.

I believe that I took these photos at their happiest moment. I’m very glad that I was there to take the photos. It is not a matter of technique, only that I was so fortunate to be a witness at the best time in their lives.”

Check out the Instagram post below.

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CAFÉ LA FORTUNA, 1980⠀ Kishin Shinoyama: "I think that photography should capture a moment at the end of every second, so to speak. Every moment ends instantly, it becomes the past, you know? Photography is one of the tools you can use to record a moment. For any type of work, I’ve never changed my approach. I take photos of everything I see, without letting anything pass by. ⠀ ⠀ John was a big star. Everyone in the world knows John Lennon of the Beatles. He was really focusing on his music. I was so nervous to meet him, but he was so nice. How do you say it in English? Tender? He was such a sweetheart.⠀ ⠀ John and Yoko were doing creative work, working on recording the album together after a long time away from making music. They had been raising their son Sean, loving each other and living their happy life together. I believe that I took these photos at their happiest moment. I’m very glad that I was there to take the photos. It is not a matter of technique, only that I was so fortunate to be a witness at the best time in their lives.”⠀ ⠀ John & Yoko photographed by Kishin Shinoyama at Café La Fortuna, New York, 18 August 1980.

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