ENDLESS summer

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Hanging out”so accurately describes my life from the mid-Seventies to the mid-Eighties that, when it came to choosing a title for my first London exhibition, it just seemed a natural fit. Being a ”of those times (model-actress-photographer-journalist-occasional muse), I was privileged to be a friend to some of the decades’leading actors and actresses, rock stars, musicians and other artists... I took my trusted Canon camera everywhere, and shot everything and everyone that I met. Nobody ever minded. Looking back at these pictures, it appears such a golden era —an age when HIV, drugs, disease and misfortune seemed blissfully absent —and we all basked in a seemingly endless glow of youth and opportunity. As my friend Ronnie Wood says, took pictures while we were getting on with life.”I like to see them as an affectionate archive of more innocent times. "Hanging Out”is at The Library Space, London SW11 from September 21 to October 5 (Thelibraryspace.com)

SHELLEY DUVALL, PALM SPRINGS (1976)

Shelley invited me on set during the making of 3 Women, directed by Robert Altman. There was a lot of hanging around between takes, so I asked her to pose for me in an empty swimming pool. It was almost impossible to take a bad photo of Shelley —she has great bone structure.

SELF-PORTRAIT, ISLE OF WIGHT (1976)

For lack of anyone else to photograph, I would sometimes try my Canon EF out on myself (in the privacy of my own bathroom —sucking in my cheeks and stomach, of course!). This was taken at my parents’house in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. Luckily, my mum was out...

ANGUS McBEAN, SUFFOLK (1980)

Here, the great photographer McBean is posing on a Suffolk gate in a sweater by the Australian designer Jenny Kee. This was probably the third photograph I took in a roll of 36. As I took the fourth, he started to climb off the gate. When I asked him why, he said: "In my day we took three shots and one for luck.”He was, of course, quite right.

CARLY SIMON, THE RIVER CAFE, BROOKLYN (MID-EIGHTIES)

Carly and I have been friends since 1976: we were nicknamed "The Bookends" as we looked so alike in profile. We were lunching,

I made a joke and she threw her head back and laughed, catching the reflection of the World Trade Center in her sunglasses.

RONNIE WOOD, SOUTH OF FRANCE (1976)

Ronnie, his then wife Krissy and I were staying with Eric Idle at his house in the south of France when Ronnie got badly bitten by mosquitoes.

We smothered him in calamine lotion while we wickedly sang the lyrics to "Poison Ivy" by The Coasters. He says this is one of his favourite photographs.

PHIL LYNOTT AND A FRIEND, KING S ROAD (1977)

This picture of the charismatic Irish lead singer of Thin Lizzy was taken in about 1977 on the King s Road, along with a friend of his. Despite his later years of drug abuse, I like to think of Phil as he looks here —a bit cheeky. He was a lovely, gentle human being.

ERIC IDLE, GEORGE HARRISON AND STUART LERNER, CHISWICK (1976)

This was taken at a New Years Eve party, and shows Eric and George clowning around. They were such close friends. They broke in to an impromptu version of "Guantanamera", but delicacy forbids me from revealing their lyrics.

MICK JAGGER AND ME, CEDARS-SINAI HOSPITAL, LOS ANGELES (1976)

I took a whole series of photographs the night Jesse James Wood was born to Ronnie and Krissy. Poor Krissy was in labour for nearly 24 hours, and Ronnie, Mick, James Mazzeo (also known as Sandy Castle) and I rarely left her side. Here, Mick and I have fallen asleep, exhausted, and Ronnie or Mazzeo has taken the shot with my camera. I remember how tight those boots felt when I woke up! Jesse arrived the following morning —Mazzeo drove us to La Scala restaurant in his converted hearse (which we d used as the ambulance) and we drank two magnums of champagne.

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