As Pattie Boyd talks about old photos of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, she remains — perhaps appropriately, given that she was the inspiration for Clapton’s love-lorn “Layla” — unable to decide which had been more inspirational.
“I think probably George was very inspirational,” Boyd says in the attached video. “He was very easy to photograph, and always looked fabulous. But on the other hand, Eric Clapton was very good as well. He was quite patient with me, taking photographs continually. He was probably annoyed occasionally.”
Boyd was married to both musicians, first to Harrison and then to his best friend Clapton, who used his torment over the love triangle to spark a turn-of-the-1970s classic in Layla and Assorted Other Love Songs.
She had enjoyed a modelling career in the early 1960s, appearing on the cover of Vogue. Boyd has since worked as a writer for 16 magazine and published an autobiography, called Wonderful Today, as well. More recently, however, she’s become known for her photos of Clapton and Harrison. An exhibit called Through the Eye of a Muse has been on display across the world, from London and Moscow to the U.S. and Australia.
Boyd was also featured in a promotional video for Harrison’s No. 1 Beatles smash “Something.” Her treasure trove of photographs includes shots from the Beatles’ now-legendary trip to India, where they composed the bulk of what would become The White Album.
“With time, they’ve become more iconic,” Boyd says of the photographs. “That’s what time does.”
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