We checked in with photographer Tina K this week, about her latest shoot with Edweena Banger, a transgender punk rock star.
“This is an impromptu photoshoot with singer and multi-instrumentalist Edweena Banger at her gig in St Moritz this week. I hadn’t brought my lights for the live gig, and didn’t really want to use a direct camera flash, so we used a hanging ceiling light as our light source. It worked, didn’t it?
Edweena was born Edward Garrity and raised in Wythenshawe, Manchester, at one time, the largest council estate in Europe.
Sharing a love of all things Glam with school friend Mick Rossi, who went on to form Slaughter & the Dogs, led to Ed being a roadie at the Sex Pistols legendary second Manchester gig in 1976, Slaughter & the Dogs being support.
Following this, Ed formed The Nosebleeds and became a fixture in the 1977 punk wars, later being invited by Mick to be part of a new look Slaughter & the Dogs, releasing ‘Bite Back’ in 1980. Confusion, and suppression of who she really was, was a constant.
Images ©Tina K
However, you learn fast how to bite back with roots like ex-football hooligan Edweena’s, and I’m not talking about her hair… Heartache, and a brain hemorrhage (In 1991 she collapsed on a promo photoshoot on the verge of her big TV break to appear with Mark Lamarr on channel 4’s Access All Areas) all followed, but like another Wythenshawe survivor Tyson Fury, Edweena doesn’t pull any punches.
Oh also, I forgot to mention, we had such a laugh when we did the shoot. She is amazing, and amazingly funny!”
Images ©Tina K
Edweena’s new album Diamond Rocks is out 14 December.