Location: Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
The song “Pretty Flamingo” was released in 1966 by Manfred Mann and later covered by Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart. Our flamingo dress and colorful shoes are from Gregory’s in the Galleria.
Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other leg tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Recent research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. However, the behavior also takes place in warm water. We thought it befitting to do a “flamingo” shoot near the water. No better place than the fantastic waterfall near the Galleria.
The plastic pink flamingo was designed in 1957 by Don Featherstone while working for Union Products, and has become an icon of pop culture, that won him the Nobel Prize for Art in 1996. It has even spawned a lawn greeting industry where flocks of pink flamingos are installed on a victim’s lawn in the dark of night. After the release of John Waters’s 1972 movie Pink Flamingos, plastic flamingos came to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch. Love it.
Photography by Josue Salinas
Styling by Beth Muecke
Model: Jaquel Andrews