Shooting of “Wild Life” cover photograph

Friday, October 1, 1971
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Osterley Park, London, UK

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On this day, Wings went to Osterley Park in west London for the shooting of the cover photograph of their first album, “Wild Life“. The photographer was Barry Lategan (Paul McCartney had previously worked with him for an article in The Observer in 1969).

[After some holidays] we went back to the United States and went back to New York and then Paul called and asked us to come back: “We’re going to do the cover shoot”. I remember getting off a red-eye flight and I went straight to this park and we set on the branch over this water with the doves and our arms and that was the photo shoot for Wild Life.

Denny Seiwell – Interview with Maccazine – Volume 47, Issue 1 – The birth of Wings

Wings re-visited Osterley Park a few years later for the cover of “Band On The Run”.

From Twitter – An outtake from the ‘Wild Life’ album cover shoot in Osterley Park, London, 1971.

Still image from Bip Bop Animation – YouTube
From Wings Wild Life | Paul McCartney & Wings
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From McCARTNEY LEGACY on Twitter – Wild Life inspiration: Model Marie Helvin photographed in Osterley Park, UK, by Barry Lategan for Vogue, August 1971. Wings in the same location, by the same photographer, October 1971, for the Wild Life cover.
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Contact sheet of first photo shoot, by Barry Lategan, October 1971

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Max Power 3 years ago

My favorite Wings album. Under rated and under appreciated. But that is my view. In fact, I think I'll go listen to it on 8 Track now. That's right 2021, and I play 8 Tracks. Sound better than CD or digital invisible music.

The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Still have a 8 Tracks player ! Amazing !

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