Throwback Thursday #TT
This was also shot in 2011 in Austin (like the Medicine Park shoot that I shared a shot from 2 weeks ago) with Lipstick Letters, Tina Turner (yes, her real name) and Jenni Dale Lord (L-R). They were a Lubbock-based country/pop/rock duo that, unfortunately, are no longer together.
No reflection on them (no pun intended), but I struggled to direct them and find some balance between my vision and their input. Just my lack of experience. It’s easier to shoot one person and I’m also collaborative, so, in this case, I feel like I was the blind leading the blind.
Again, no reflection on them. Looking back, I just feel like I could have been more structured and less fluid regarding the specific shots and the schedule. I did have some shots in mind and an overall concept, but I could have been even more detailed.
It’s funny, the shots do read somewhat homoerotic. I say it’s funny because I wasn’t really going for lesbianism. More like strong female solidarity and group identity. Just women having each others’ backs regardless of sexuality and the two standing strong in their Lipstick Letters identity.
I don’t mind how they’re read, though, creative photos, like any art, are left open to the viewers’ interpretation.
This shot, in particular, was a favorite of Jenni’s. She asked for a copy of it before I officially posted the shoot at my now defunct music site, THE REAL popolio. That’s part of the reason I decided to share it. It’s also a cute idea with the thought bubble, which contains lyrics from one of their songs in lipstick (See what I did there?) — I’m the first to say I’m crazy, but I’m not crazy enough to tell you just what I’ve been thinking of…
Feel free to check out the whole album of the shoot in the Photo Albums section of my Facebook Page here.
They are both still doing it, but they’re doing their own thing now. Tina seems more focused on teaching violin, fiddle, and piano, so, like her FB Page. And, Jenni still performs and, recently, released a solo album, so like her FB Page.
Lastly, I want to say, that I feel now what I felt when I found out they broke up. It’s a shame. Regardless of their differences, I think they were onto something regarding their sound and whole presentation.
There was something interesting about the whole thing, to me, and I think they were just beneath the surface of finding their groove and breaking through to a bigger audience. That’s my humble opinion. Enjoy the photos.