O. Rufus Lovett has been a photography instructor at Kilgore College, home of the Rangerettes, for 27 years.
In 1989, the elite drill team's 50th anniversary year, Lovett embarked on a personal project, documenting the Rangerettes on tour, and at local performances and practices. And he's been capturing photos of them ever since.
"There's an interesting juxtaposition with this rangerette glamour and the environment," Lovett said. "Football field, asphalt, steel bleachers, chain-link fence-type of environment."
It's those types of moments, Lovett says, that allow him to photograph the same subjects for 15 years and still make them different and interesting. But there are some things that never change.
"With the Rangerettes, now, it's 'yes, ma'am; no, ma'am; yes, sir; no, sir' kind of thing," he said. "Very courteous, very polite. Very strict with the rules and etiquette."
Lovett says the Rangerettes are disciplined, always on time, and always smiling. But sometimes, the back of someone's head can reveal a lot about that person, too.
"This particular photograph, as with some others, is about big hair, about East Texas big hair," he said. "And the Rangerette hat is certainly identifiable."
So is the Rangerettes' famous, hat-brim-touching high-kick. One photo, Lovett says, is his most well-known: a close-up, instead of the usual wide shot.