Pattie Boyd famously wed and divorced both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. An exhibition opening today at L.A.’s Morrison Hotel Gallery showcases intimate images of music legends, taken from Boyd’s private archives. Here are four choice picks from her pics, and the stories she told us about them.
''This is when George and I lived in a house in Esher, Surrey, England. I had been waiting all spring for these gorgeous roses to bloom, so I was absolutely thrilled they all seemed to bloom at the same time. So I said to George, 'I want to take a picture of them — you stand here and I'll put the camera on my tripod.' I set it all up, and clearly it took too long because George was just looking away the moment when the camera clicked. He has a visionary look about him and I think he looks utterly beautiful, but the story is he's bored waiting for the camera.''
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''This is one that I recently discovered, and I couldn't believe how fabulous it was. This was taken about four years after the rose garden photo at a house called Friar Park. It was very large, it had probably 20 bedrooms and a lot of sitting rooms and about 30 acres of land. I remember quite clearly, it was early evening and we were up on the balcony. We saw a bit of a rainbow, and suddenly the whole sky became a rainbow. This is pre-digital photography, with all my photographs taken with film. So because I couldn't get it all in one shot, I had to take two shots and stitch them together.''
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''We had gone over to the Isle of Skye to visit and stay with ['60s folk-pop icon] Donovan, because he had a house up there. We all went on a walk, and there was a little crofter's house that you can see to the right of George, and I wanted to get that house and George in the same shot. Scotland is wild, and nature has done exactly what it wants to the landscaping and to the coast. It's not tamed in any way, and there's a beauty in that because it's largely untouched by human hands.''
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''We had been sailing around a few of the Greek islands, and we had stopped at one island in particular, and I rather liked that chair that I saw and asked Eric to sit on it. I thought it was a cool picture. Eric loved sailing — he had good sea legs.''