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HOMECOMING

HOMECOMING
Los Altos Hills 1969

In the hills, I was shooting a session with some medical students from Stanford and the Sexual Freedom League illustrating a Ken Kesey project. The basic premises was that the doctors spend all their time at school and in hospitals and are not exposed to the free life in the real world. Kesey felt that they were losing their sensitivity. Some of the participants are assembled for a group photograph at the end of the day.
HANGING OUT

HANGING OUT
Los Altos Hills 1969

I was walking around the hills and saw this amazing sight. Three people talking on a front porch. The contrast of the nude guy casually talking to a woman who is wearing a dress that reaches the floor. The knocked over cup adds to the informal atmosphere.
THE GUILD

THE GUILD
Berkeley 1969

A group of art and artisan friends of mine are gathered together for a photograph for an arts and crafts sale they are planning. They were very talented. The group made their living from their work that included clothes, paintings, stained glass, ceramics and weaving.
CHRIST CLIMBED DOWN

CHRIST CLIMBED DOWN
A Coney Island of the Mind
Oroville 1969

While we were walking around in the country, I spotted this old church. I yelled out to everyone, "Hey, the ladder reminds me of Ferlinghetti's poem, Christ Climbed Down." That year Elaine, my wife at the time, wrote the last stanza of the poem inside our Christmas card, beautifully by hand. This photo was on the front of the card. That stanza is used with permission of Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

"Christ climbed down
from his bare tree
this year
and softly stole away into
some anonymous Mary's womb again
where in the darkest night
of everybody's anonymous soul
He awaits again
an unimaginable
and impossibly
Immaculate Reconception
the very craziest
of Second Comings"

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