||[Aug. 20th, 2010|10:08 am]
For Lovers Of Jimmy Page
For ilovepagey! |
This one is bigger but it has writing and stuff on it. I heard that he had some odd dream and that's what inspired this. Don't know if it's true or not.
Can't recall where I got this from but I made a copy, photographer Ron Raffaelli's account of the photo session:
(From Proximity Magazine 33 p.6)
Raffaelli photographed the famous image of Jimmy at his specific request.
"After touring with the band I became very close to them, and on a long flight from London to New York, Jimmy Page told me about a recurring dream he had. In this dream Jimmy falls from the concert stage into the flailing arms of a sea of screaming fans. he is stripped of his clothes and forced to have sex with many beautiful groupies. After satisfying the last beauty, he falls on his back too exhausted to move. She kneels between his legs and tries to rouse his spent manhood. Failing to bring his penis to life she opens his stomach and eats his intestines. "I said, 'that's a pretty weird dream,' and Jimmy replied, 'I enjoy this dream and would love for you to take a picture of me having my insides eaten by a naked girl.'"
Thus it came to be that in December of 1969, Raffaelli set up a photo shoot at his studio for Jimmy to turn his dream fantasy into a fully realised photographic image.
"I had an assistant go down to the butcher and get these entrails,"recalls the photographer, "and they smelled like crazy! So I insisted they be kept in a can out on the back porch of my studio for the early morning shooting, and we weren't going to bring them in until we had to because of the smell. Page came in with this model, some groupie that was hanging on to him at the moment. I don't remember her name, it was 'Moonbeam' or something...and I had the private set ready so there was no one there but him and me and this model. They stripped down and I got them all posed and everything and I said 'ok, I am going to bring in the...uh..entrails,' and by now the sun had come up and and it was heating them up so they were warm . I put them on him and got it all posed, but I'm looking through the camera and I'm thinking, 'it just looks like I poured those entrails on his stomach, it doesn't look like there's a gash or anything.' It just didn't look convincing. And he's laying there and she's laying there and the stuff is beginning to get ripe and I'm thinking, 'I've gotta think quick.' So I run out to the kitchen and look in the refridgerator and there was my answer. I had a nice jar of strawberry preserves!
"I quick grabbed a long spoon and mixed 'em up and they had the right redness and consistency, with little specks and everything. it had the right look to it like it might be the inside of a turned-out open wound. So I took these cold, cold preserves- and I give Jimmy a lot of credit, he must really have wanted the picture- and put them all around the entrails on his stomach. And I know from the expression on his face and the contortions that his body was going through that this was not a comfortable situation!
"I originally shot it in Black & white and gave Page a 16X20 print, and I also shot color at the same time that I just developed and rolled up into a ball and stuck into a drawer and hadn't looked at until I decided to put it up on my website this year.
"My agent met Jimmy in New York last year and explained that we have this material and that we were intending to sell it and he didn't have any objections to it. It's bizarre, but I would never consider it a controversial picture by any means, it's just bizarre and reflects a bizarre state of mind that he was in at the time. I'm sure he looks back at it and goes, 'Oh my God, what was I thinking?!'
Edited at 2010-08-20 06:59 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! Thank you! XD I can just imagine him takeing like 15 showers after that, prissy little girl that he is. Or maybe he's manned-up by now. I with I had that Dr. Phil face right now, that was pretty bitchy of me. XD
Hah thanks!!! God how can a girlyman like Jimmy put up with that..ik...sheep guys...
Lol I feel more sorry for the girl. XD She had her face next to it! Then again, she also got to lay there wwith a naked Jimmy Page!
Sorry for her?! I'm ENVIOUS!!!!!
Thank yoou!!!!!! This was excactly what my depressing and tireing day needed.... God I gotta post some more spam don't I?!
Oh Jimmy. You are so scary. D:
2010-08-29 02:42 am (UTC)
I heard of the story behind the photo.
And seen it a couple of time in other photo sites of James.
Cool! Why don't you get an LJ and join? :)
yes join!! we need more people!! (and some fan-fic writers..)
There aren't a whole lot of het or gen fics, but if you like slash, there is zeppelin_slash. Things have been picking up a bit(it was stagnant for a while), but we could certainly use more members.
yeah because of my idiocy, i cant join zeppelin_slash, but i read alot of it.. the people who are writing stuff now are doing a awesome job with it all :) the ledded_pencils communtiy died...meh..slash is just as good ;)