Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon

Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon

by May Pang
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Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Cal_Abe More than 1 year ago
What would you do with a shoebox full of old snapshots? For most people, the answer would be, nothing, unless you happen to be May Pang and those were pictures of John Lennon. Thankfully, May finally realized one day that her long-forgotten photos, dating to the period from 1973 to 1975, needed to be revealed to the world. In Instamatic Karma, Author May Pang, John Lennon's lover and constant companion during that period, shares for the first time her personal collection of photographs and remembrances of John during a largely forgotten and often misunderstood period in the life the Beatles' founder. May's photo collection, literally gathering dust in her closet for decades, make up a revealing personal diary of an unguarded John doing what he loves: eating, sitting, exploring, swimming, vacationing and just hanging out with family and friends. The photos are typical of any aging album, with variations in quality and lighting, and some grainy polaroids, but each adding to the distinctive character of the collection. The photos also vary in their compositons, as some are posed, some intended as an album cover, while others are candid shots capturing John in a variety of dispositions. One shows him at Disney World in Florida in the thin disguise of a floppy cap and dark glasses, and looking pleased to be among large crowds, going totally unnoticed. Another has him floating in the waters of Long Island Sound, eyes closed, head tilted back, totally immersed in the sensation, probably off in some far-away Strawberry Fields dreamland. The remarkable series of shots of him doing an impromptu dance performance at the Central Park Bandshell reveals his best self - carefree, animated, and living in the moment. The sweet images of John relaxing with his older son, Julian, then an adorable pre-teen, display their rarely-seen father-son bond. The prints in the book are arranged by chapter, and accompanied by May's descriptions, which display an intimate insight into John and the events that shaped his outlook at the time each picture was taken. Her pictures and words lead to the realization that during this period, John often drove himself hard to complete a busy work schedule, including three album projects and various collaborations. This might help to explain why he sometimes found himself acting out in different ways as a release from work and personal pressures. Seeing John through May's camera lens gives the reader new insights, and whets the appetite for more revelations and details from this intriguing time. Personal insights can come in many forms, but May's thoughtful juxtaposition of images and words in Instamatic Karma allows the reader unprecedented access into a fascinating time in John's life. His life with her in the mid 70's, although all too short-lived, was in many ways wonderfully life-affirming and productive, in contrast to how it is often depicted. Intended or not, May Pang's work in Instamatic Karma serves to demystify and illuminate John's life during this period. As his ever-present companion, she was best suited to bring those times to light, and fans of John everywhere will be grateful that she did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is for anyone who loves The Beatles, but especially for those who love John. These are wonderful photos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John's proclaimed 'lost weekend' has been written about over the years and yet we have never had the good fortune to catch such a personal glimpse into his life during those 18 months. These photographs reveal a very happy man enjoying time with his partner May, his son Julian and many of his best mates Ringo, Paul & Harry to name a few. In many respects, these photographic 'gems' paint a very different picture from what has been written or spoken of in the past. John does not appear to be an unsettled, unhappy, unproductive man. Not in the least bit. The photos that were taken on Long Island show a peaceful, relaxed artist enjoying his life. There is a special and tender quality to the photos revealing the reunion of father & son (John & Julian). If a photo is worth a thousand words then this book speaks volumes. Within these photos John's life becomes a little bit richer for all to see. May has given us a lovely treasure to behold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful pictures and beautiful souls
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