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Get Your Cowgirl On
I am not a songwriter or a singer, nor was I planning to spend several months in the desert of West Texas, and yet I did all of those things. This place is a vortex pulling some into its eye while abruptly casting out others. Beautiful yet unforgiving, surviving the raw land on the Rio Grande requires a certain breed of character. A band of musicians moonlighting as mechanics, stone masons, welders and farmers took me under their wing. Through the lens I saw flashes of wild in each soul, and what impressed me most, beyond a willingness to give a brother or sister a hand, was their irreverent spirit. Badass is the currency in which they trade. I did not curate this video for effect, rather, it documents our escapades and pays homage to the rabble rousers who inspired me to step up and get my cowgirl on.
After a decade living in New York City employed by National Geographic’s Global Media Division, and inspired by the community of photographers with whom she worked, Jessica Lutz is now herself a freelance photographer exploring her wild side and documenting the sub cultures she encounters.