The Crying Light's album cover is a photograph taken by Naoya Ikegami in 1977 of Antony Hegarty's hero, 102-year-old Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno. Hegarty explained to The Sun newspaper. "He's the founder of Butoh dance, my art hero. I get a lot of ideas from him. He did his master work as a solo dancer between the ages of 75 and 95. He's a bit catatonic now and doesn't really dance any more. He's about 80 in the cover picture. It was a poster I got when I was 16. I had it for years above my bed before I knew who it was."
Antony Hegarty named his Johnsons after ill-fated transgender activist and performer Marsha P Johnson, who met her death drowning in the Hudson River.