Vincent Price © Ray Grasse (Taken when he was 13)
"I had heard Price would be presiding over the opening of a new art show at the Prudential building in Chicago at the time, and my father drove me down there to attend. On arriving, I saw Price standing amongst the paintings, seemingly eight-feet tall. I walked up and nervously said, "Mr. Price?" After blinding him with flashbulbs at close range, I reached into my pocket and pulled out a small photo I received from his fan club months earlier (shown here), and asked if he'd autograph it. The contrast between his appearance in the old picture and how he looked in front of me was frankly dramatic. I struggled to make some conversation; having no idea at all how rude it really was, I asked him, “Umm, when was this photo taken?” Rather than be offended, his response was extremely gracious. Leaning over, he smiled and said, with that trademark swooping voice of his, "Oh, well, you know, when photos are so small like that, they make you look so much younger." It took me years to appreciate how witty that response was." – Ray Grasse
November 10, 2020 4:59PM © Ray Grasse
November 10, 2020 7:01PM © Ray Grasse
I'm deep into my friend, photographer and professional astrologer, Ray Grasse' new book of essays, "STARGATES : Essays on Astrology, Symbolism, and the Synchronistic Universe." An excerpt from the Chapter 'Musings on Music, Magic and Astrology', "Both of those arts – music and magic – employ intricately arranged elements that act on the unconscious in ways the rational mind can't truly fathom. . . . It has nothing at all to do with logic, and instead operates deep down in subterranean caverns of the psyche, far below the brightly lit plateaus of consciousness and rationality...."