Sunday, December 10, 2017

Harrison at Friar Park

What is most interesting about Pattie Boyd's work as a photographer is the candid way in which the subject was captured. Particularly today when the average person's interest in photography has been reduced to the selfie, there is a particular appeal in the way in which Boyd has staged each photo. Any of the following photos of George in the snow could have been an album cover. Each, btw, is available at http://pattieboyd.co.uk.

Friar Park was George Harrison’s 120-room mansion that the ex-Beatle lived in from 1970 until his death in 2001. Sir Frank Crisp built the Victorian home, on 34 acres, in 1875. Upon his death, Crisp passed the home on to Roman Catholic nuns who turned it into a school. The building was about to be demolished because they couldn’t afford to pay for the upkeep when Harrison bought it in 1970. In 1972, Harrison installed a recording studio in the home where he made several of his records including Dark HorseLiving In The Material World and Cloud Nine. The album cover photograph for All Things Must Pass was shot on the lush gardens of the estate, which Harrison loved to personally tend to.