Thursday, October 30, 2008

Good Ol' Times

© O. Rufus Lovett

O. Rufus Lovett ha da poco pubblicato il libro Kilgore Rangerettes, che mostra il mondo delle Kilgore College Rangerettes dell'università omonima dove Lovett ha insegnato fotografia per oltre trent'anni. Le Rangerette sono, almeno credo (viste dall'Italia sono un oggetto un po' misterioso), una specie di incrocio tra delle cheerleader e delle majorettes, e rappresentano l'archetipo di queste pratiche sportivo-coreografiche, soprattutto quelle di Kilgore che sono il drill team più antico degli Stati Uniti. Sorrisi spalancati e muscoli tesi, divise impeccabili e esercizi complicatissimi, ragazze che portano sulle spalle il peso di una tradizione che non ha nessuna intenzione di scomparire, un passato tiranno che non invecchia mai.
Altre immagini dal libro qui, due piccole gallerie di altre immagini di Lovett qui e qui.

© O. Rufus Lovett

O. Rufus Lovett recently published his book Kilgore Rangerettes, about the world of the Kilgore College Rangerettes from the homonymous University, where Lovett taught photography for more than thirty years. The rangerettes from Kilgore are the world's first precision dance drill team and the oldest one too, founded in 1939-1940. With their wide-open smiles and their drawn muscles, their immaculate uniforms and their intricate exercises, these girls carry on their shoulders the weight of a tradition that does not want to disappear, memories of a past that never gets old.
More images from the book here, two small galleries with more images by Lovett here and here.

© O. Rufus Lovett

2 comments:

mrs. deane said...

Did you too notice an absence of Afro-Americans in the Rangerette team, yet they were photographed so picturesque in that Southern Living article? Why would that be, really?

hippolyte said...

That's a good point, for sure. I'd say that the rangerettes photographs have some kind of 'aryan' pictoresque, don't you think? Discipline, uniforms, a look-towards-the-future kind of feeling,which is what caught my attention.
Matter of fact Lovett's style seems quite different (less interesting and subtle?) in the book about the Weeping Mary afro-american community in rural East Texas. But then again, I should go deeper into his work, just discovered him, honestly.