The Sons of Anarchy Season 5 premiere is only a week away and what better way to show my anticipation than by sharing some amazing photos of the Hells Angels captured by photographer Bill Ray. I came across this Time Life gallery a month or two ago and became mesmerized by the subjects in the photos, the captured moments in time, the glimpse into a completely different lifestyle. I have to admit, though, I think I was most fascinated by the women.
“There’s a romance to the idea of the biker on the open road,” Bill Ray says. “It’s similar to the romance that people attach to cowboys and the West — which, of course, is totally out of proportion to the reality of riding fences and punching cows. But no doubt, there’s something impressive about these Harley Davidsons and bikers heading down the highway. You see the myth played out in movies, like Easy Rider, which came out a few years after I photographed the Angels — you know, the trail never ends for the cowboy, and the open road never ends for the Angels. They just ride. Where they’re going hardly matters. It’s not an easy life. But it’s what they choose. It’s theirs. And everyone else can get out of the way or go to hell.”