Leticia is the type of person who loves to try things out and experiment. She was born in Rio de Janeiro and throughout her life she walked a long way, until she found herself on a stage in front of a microphone singing his songs. Lead singer of Letuce Band, she recently visited a region called Chapada dos Veadeiros, one of the most beautiful natural reserves of Brazil, and she took some Lomography cameras in her bag. Check out the photos and a interview with her after the jump...
To start, introduce yourself to the Community. What are your interests, hobbies, etc.?
My name is Letícia, I’m from Rio, I have 2 older brothers, studied Letters but gave up and went to dramatics classes. My father always played guitar, my grandfather too, so music was always present and it was because of the dramatics classes that I realized that was what I wanted to do in life. I also love to ride a longboard. I always liked photography, my father was very careful with the albums, the photos I took now started because of him. I love wine, a good book, writing songs with Lucas, seeing my nephews and travel, either beach or mountain, I like to walk.
How did your relationship with music start?
My father used to play guitar for me to sleep when I could not sleep. My mother sang lullabies, already tired from work, for the 3 children, and I said “Mom, it’s not music” or “you’re not singing that well …” Since childhood I have had music in my head, but as I said before, it was necessary to go to the dramatics classes to get back to music, to understand stage performance, which is present finally.
Who or what influenced you to sing?
A lot of women, specially. PJ Harvey, Maria Bethânia, Cat Power, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, after some time I started to discover others, but the ones I mentioned had big influence on me during my teenage years.
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What is the Letuce’s history, from the beginning until now? Any funny stories or epic show you want to tell us about?
The trajectory is curious, full of curves and straight lines and funny situations. There are many stories to tell, one in particular was a guy who called us to make a pocket show for a girl with he was in love with, but they were not dating yet. As she entered the bar, we started to sing, and she cried, it was very beautiful, and they started dating! Recently we did a show at Circo Voador which also marked by the amount of people singing all the songs, which gives us a pretty crazy feeling.
Are you used to shooting with analogue cameras or this was your first experience?
I have a Lomo Oktomat, made a few photos recently, it was very fun to think in the 8 frames. But, I wasn’t using that camera too often, so this trip was a sensational experience.
What did you think of using analogue cameras during your trip? Like the results?
The most incredible thing is the calm it brings. There is anxiety in seeing just how the photo came out. You really live the experience more intensely, without bothering to do well in the photo. Lucas and I both used it, and both of us loved the experience and the results. We will repeat for sure.
I know this question is a bit difficult, but if you need to choose, which of the photos featured here is your favorite and why?
The double exposure photo took at the waterfall is really curious, it looks like I´m an animal, first I was floating, then I was cowering. The photos of the Valley of the Moon are all pretty good, let´s make justice to the beauty of the place.
Has there ever been a moment during a concert in which you wanted to have a camera with you to capture a feeling? If so, which concert and when?
Yes! The face of the people singing, with eyes closed or open, a song that I made in my bedroom, in an intimate moment, but is now shared, interpreted by everyone, is very punk. And the face of people dancing with your songs, wow, unbelievable.
Speaking again about inspiration / influence. What musicians or artists do you admire or inspire you to write, create?
My inspiration came from many places, not only from the music scene. Even a photograph can influence me, like most of the photos from Nan Goldin, a lot of power contained there, that forces new feelings in you. I like curious artists, I like what is strange, unconventional, but not random. Now I’m reading a book by Cortázar, and listening to a Album from Milton Nascimento called “Miracle Fish”, very intense. That is all. Always is.
What are your dreams, plans for the future? A new album or a music tour?
Yes, we are now planning a third album, we are always writing new songs, and we have to give people the chance to listen.
To finish, would you like to give a message for the Lomography Community?
Stay Curious and speculative! And oh, yes! I became a fan!
Want to know more about the Letuce? Visit thier website!