Modern Counterculture Gallery
Michael McClure asked me to do a Zen inspired photograph for the cover of his two part new book Rain Mirror
(and Crisis Blossom
). His wife Amy, is a very talented book designer and sculptor; she would be doing the graphics for the cover. In the past, I have supplied Michael with photographs for many of his book covers. Only a couple of times have I created an image especially for the cover. This time Michael showed me his 'Zen walk' altar and said, "Read the manuscript and do a Zen image, without being literal with the title." Every morning Michael and Amy go on a 'Zen walk' picking flowers, weeds and blossoms. Then they put them into an old can or jar and use the arrangement to meditate on for the day. I edited the arrangement down to its essence and created the cover using the floral elements for Rain Mirror
and Crisis Blossom
. I finished the b/w photograph on the computer using Photoshop with Photo Edges.
BOTH FRANKS SURVIVE
McClure called me up and said, "Do you want to see Freewheelin? Come on over." Freewheelin Frank and I had not seen each other in almost 35 years. The last time I saw him, I photographed him for his book cover in 1966. I brought over to McClures', the cover photograph as a gift for Frank. At one point, I said, "Hey, let's do a survivor photo," and handed Frank the photo. I shot it digitally.
FREEWHEELIN' FINDS A ZEN MASTER
When Hell's Angel, Freewheelin Frank, left the Angels they made him tattoo over his Hell's Angel tattoo, as shown in this photograph. Frank spent five years in Soladad Prison for arson before this photograph was made. While he was in prison, McClure sent him a book by Zen master, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi to help him clear his head. Frank told me the book by the Zen master saved his life. He said, that he has been living in the mountains by a waterfall for over 10 years. With this knowledge, I set up this photograph and shot it with my digital camera.
MICHAEL McCLURE AND FREEWHEELIN FRANK
Michael McClure and former Hell's Angel Freewheelin Frank (Frank Reynolds) are posing for me at McClure's house. It had been over 35 years since I had seen them together.