WIshbone Ash, Twin Rivers Unused Album Cover, 1999 (20/20)
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WIshbone Ash, Twin Rivers Unused Album Cover, 1999 (20/20)

By Storm Thorgerson
About the image
"I imagined a river dividing into two branches, forming twin rivers in which swimmers were seen to be progressing upstream, ploughing the furrows of their creativity, so to speak. The two rivers represented two guitars, the figures in the water represented the different members in the band, and the feminimity of the whole image, represented their music or creativity, which has often been portrayed as a feminime trait. 

That the aerial view of the twin rivers might resemble something else, something possibly sexual, seemed like a good idea to me. What is rock n roll without sex? I ask you, and what is wrong with being a tad suggestive on a rock 'n' roll cover.

''The rough design was approved, but then everything went downhill. The shoot was immensely difficult, and for once doing it for real was a bad idea because this was November, and the river was extremely cold, the swimmers nearly died of hypothermia, and the helicopter, from which the shot was taken (300 feet abve the small stream in Berkshire), was damned expensive.  And to cap it all, the shot was rejected out of hand... 

Release Notes:
Storm created a series called "20/20" comprised of 20 of his favorite images in limited editions of only 20 pieces (plus 2 Artist Proofs) each. Most certainly a play on the phrase "20/20" referring to perfect vision, the set was designed to showcase some of the pieces he valued most, including many of his more obscure album cover images.

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WIshbone Ash, Twin Rivers Unused Album Cover, 1999 (20/20)
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