A conversation with Eric Meola about his shoot for Bruce Springsteen's
seminal Born to Run album.
You're donating all of your earnings to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Why?
I guess at a certain time you measure yourself and say, "What have I done?" Or, more likely, "What haven't I done?"
The lyrics and the spirit of Born to Run have always meant a lot to me. A few months before we sent the book out to be printed, Bruce called me and wanted to know if I was doing this because I thought he wanted me to. And of course I said "no." But that summer of 1975 will always be magical for me, and the two least quoted lines of "Thunder Road" are probably the most important lines of the song:
...with a chance to make it good somehow,
Hey what else can we do now?
Doing this is cool -- I've never felt better about anything in my life. One day in the studio Clarence turned to me and said, "Someday, 30 years from now, there will be books about this." Well, he was right. I just didn't know that one of them would be mine.
-- Born To Run: The Unseen Photos (Insight Editions), with over 100 black-and white quadratone printed images, introduction by Daniel Wolff, and foreword and notes on the photos by Eric Meola, will be available in two editions, hardcover for $39.95 and a signed and numbered limited edition of 1,350 with a signed print for $195.