Tammy Jean Lamoureux and IYVES

By Alexis Convento, November 2015

Artists collaborations call for a number of elements to smoothly fall together before any type of magic happens. Sometimes this means days of mood boards and workshopping ideas. Or sometimes it's an immediate connection as two artists come together to produce a work that is a total product of their environment in the moment. This is what came of photographer Tammy Jean Lamoureux and synth-pop musician IYVES. Read through our chat with them over their artistic processes, influences, and collaboration. 

Tell us a little about yourself.
T: I’m an adventurous homebody. I spend nearly half of each year traveling, but even when I’m in a different country, I tend to settle in quickly. There are days that I have to remind myself to go outside or go into town. I love taking in the world, but I also love being in my own space.
I: I grew up in a household that loved the arts and music. Both my sister and I ended up going on to pursue careers as musicians. We were lucky enough to travel and explore the outdoors. All of this really inspires what I create and the sounds that I dabble with in my music. From a very young age I was drawn to soul music. The first song I wanted sing with my voice teacher at age nine was 'Natural Woman'.

What's the general concept and the creative process of your photography work?
T: My process is spontaneous. When I walk into a shoot, I usually don’t have too concrete an idea of how I’d like it to go because that would put a limit on the possibilities. I want the tone of a shoot and the imagery created from it to occur naturally. I want the shoot to evolve into something that neither me or my client could have ever expected. I want the weather that day or my subject’s emotions to be captured and to feel like the whole process was a collaboration of all of these forces.

Where do you find most of your inspiration?
T: The colors of old photographs, album artwork from the ‘60s and ‘70s, travels abroad to Buenos Aires, Paris, and Southeast Asia, short fiction stories, and many hours spent staring and observing light.
I: I am super influenced by the environment that surrounds me. Being from Boulder, Colorado I find my music has a lot of the southwestern landscape woven into it. I am influenced by nature’s textures. I like creating organic sounds within my music that is heavily electronic based.

How would you describe your style in 5 words or less?
T: Nostalgic, thoughtful, lighthearted, effortless
I: Unique, exotic, tribal, flowy, eclectic

How do you get your subjects and models to connect to your work and vice versa?
T: I like to connect as people before committing to the work we’ll do together. Whether that means exchanging a series of emails, listening to a client’s new album, or meeting them for coffee. It really helps to establish a personal bond as our base for the creative relationship we’ll share.

What about each other's work inspires you?
T: In my eyes, Hannah is this really strong woman with a clear vision for her work. She embraces this natural wildness that you don’t see very often, and her music is stunning. Stunning and cool.
I: The aesthetic Tammy brings to the table is one that really complements my music and sound. Tammy isn't just a photographer. She is a visual artist as well. It makes her photos much more dynamic and complex.

What sort of dynamic do you share while collaborating?
I: Before the photoshoot we had never met in person! We only had corresponded over email and phone. But just by nature Tammy has a warm and compassionate presence. She creates an environment that is judgement free and all about feeling comfortable and YOU.

Why collaborate?
I: I love collaborating with others on different artistic mediums! I find that this has the ability to really bring what you do to the next level. To see how other express their art based off of yours or vice versa is eye opening and fulfilling to me as an artist. Collaboration is a big part of what creating is about for me.

Any last words?
T: Thank you for playing Mariah Carey “Heartbreaker” during our shoot. That album was the muse that I never knew was missing.