The Church Pictures ran by William C. Lamoreaux can best be summed up by a wonderful artical written by Eleanor Sadler on October 5th, 2011
DALLAS, TEXAS- It is 11 pm. Sunday night and a crowd stands in awe as a performer makes a small incision into his stomach, removing a needle with red thread he had just swallowed. This is when William Lamoreaux, 31, begins his night as a photographer for the popular Dallas nightclub called ‘The Church’, also known every other night of the week as ‘The Lizard Lounge’. This particular night Hellzapoppin’, a sideshow that originated in Dallas, returned to liven up the stage. The show featured the talents of Zamora the Torture King, the Lizard Man, and various other eccentric and fascinating performers.
The Church caters to people with a “Pin-up, Gothic, or Fetish look” who Lamoreaux said are “looking to find out who they are.” These are the very reasons why Lamoreaux first became enamored with the club atmosphere. He had just left the military and was searching for a place to relax and meet new people. “The Lizard Lounge has always been home even from the very, very beginning,” said Lamoreaux. “I have always felt like the employees of the Lounge have been my family.”
Lamoreaux has been frequenting the club since he was 19 or 20 years old, according to his friend John Burns who is also a co-worker at The Church. Being a kid with a unique style of his own, he would come to the club with “spiky hair, wearing dresses or a fishnet top,” said Burns. Lamoreaux was a self-proclaimed punk kid, and he was first introduced to electronic music by a friend from the military and soon became a fan of high energy house music. In fact, DJ Irene, his favorite DJ, is now a resident artist at the club. He would attend the club frequently and document his visits.
The photographer has always been interested in making and maintaining websites, and subsequently he began a website titled “TheChurchPictures” where he took photos of his friends and club regulars so they could view them and reminisce about their experiences at The Church. When he began work at The Lizard Lounge he said, “It was not a decision. I always had a camera on me.” Lamoreaux has never had any formal training when it comes to photography but he has caught the attention of notable celebrities. Dita Von Teese performed at The Church and after viewing his work asked to meet him. Management found out and he has been working as a photographer at the club ever since.
Working at The Church has exposed Lamoreaux to many new and unique experiences. One night in particular has greatly influenced his life. It was a night where Allen Falkner, author of “Modern Suspension” performed with a suspension group of 15, part of Traumatic Stress Discipline. Suspension is an act where the human body is lifted by various sizes of hooks placed strategically in the body shortly before the suspension. “There was scaffolding everywhere!” said Lamoreaux, adding that he didn’t know exactly what to expect from the performance.
He was intrigued by seeing “two bodies hanging from each other with six hooks.” He spoke with Falkner after the performance and they soon became close friends. “Falkner joked around about suspending me,” said Lamoreaux. But it was no joke when one year on his birthday, a surprised Lamoreaux found himself in a room with Falkner and he said, “Hi, Will. Happy birthday, you’re suspending.” Lamoreaux still carries his first hook around his neck to remind him of what he learned from the experience: Relax, and everything will be ok.
He learned this saying from his “Texas dad” Don Nedler, the owner of The Lizard Lounge.
Lamoreaux’s family does not only consist of his co-workers at the club. He has a young daughter, Chelsea Lamoreaux with his longtime girlfriend, Sue Thomas. He talked about family life and how it can sometimes be strained but he has found a way to balance his job and his family life. “I have a ritual with my daughter. Every Sunday mom gets the day off and we go shopping,” said Lamoreaux. When asked if he finds his life normal he responded, “Normalcy is not a word I put on anything anymore.” To many people the world that William Lamoreaux lives in may be described as weird, and unusual but to him it is home.