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illicit LSD

LSD doses, Berkeley, California.

(circa 1982)


Photo made under dim amber-colored light with Nikon FE 35mm SLR camera + asa 100 Fujifilm + 50mm lens + close-up lens.



("The knowledge that the paper is dosed cannot but affect how one looks at the picture. Even odder, however, is that the picture has a way of influencing one's notion of the acid. So mighty is the power of suggestion here that it seems to signify some secret knowledge or expectation of the trip, as if the ink could predict, direct, or code one's experience."


---Carlo McCormick, in an essay that accompanied the first exhibit of Mark McCloud's blotter art collection.)





(We are currently in “ age full of descriptions of good and bad trips…”


“After THE TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN: A YAQUI WAY OF KNOWLEDGE became an underground bestseller, it was widely supposed that its author was El Freako the Acid Academic, all buckskin fringe and pinball eye, his brain a charred labyrinth lit by mysterious alkaloids, tripping through the desert with a crow on his hat.”


---TIME, March 5, 1973. From an article about Carlos Castaneda.)


Henry R. Luce, the American magazine magnate launched and (as editor-in-chief ) supervised a number of popular magazines, including TIME, LIFE, FORTUNE, and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He and his wife Clare Boothe Luce both said they greatly enjoyed taking LSD when it was legal.


(“I’ve always maintained that Henry Luce did much more to popularize acid than Timothy Leary.”


---Abbie Hoffman, in his 1980 book SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.)


Indeed, I have learned that I am not the only person who read the March 25, 1966 issue of LIFE, saw the photograph of a young person high on LSD in San Francisco staring in intense amazement at a light bulb, and was inspired by the photograph to go to California and take LSD!






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Taken on September 29, 2008