"This was my second visit to John and Yoko's home just outside London (the first was in 1969), this was July '71 when I was aged twenty. I arrived by car about 10.30-ish and when I announced who I was to the speaker at the main gates, they just swung silently open. I rang the bell on the main front door and waited - it was opened by Yoko in a white robe and with 'bed hair'! I followed her through the hall - I remember a full suit of armor standing there - with an upturned banana sticking through the visor of the helmet. She showed me to a kitchen and told me to help myself to coffee or whatever and said they would be down in a bit. After a while, John appeared and sat with me. We chatted for about 20 minutes and he was dressed casually in white jeans etc. He was very proud of his socks which had a Stars-&-Stripes design. Then Yoko was there, she posed in the doorway, playacting the vamp, dressed up really glamorously as you can see - very short hot pants, jacket slashed to the waist, Russian-style fur hat, ridiculously long cigarette holder. My mouth fell open and I think John's did too! He looked down at what he was wearing and back up at Yoko, said nothing and just started discussing the shoot. I had been asked by a UK music paper to get a cover shot to accompany an interview. John was keen to include the poster, by the Fluxus group of artists, so we set it up there, probably took about ten minutes max. Hasselblad camera, portable studio flash with umbrella, good ambient light from floor to ceiling windows.
I have to say I found them both utterly charming. By 1971, imagine how many times they had been through this process - yet they were happy, friendly and helpful with no 'big star' attitude whatsoever. For us all to have lost John in such a senseless way still pains me when I look at this image." - John McKenzie