Mark Tucker : Journal

Elephant birth

Posted in Mothers and Children by marktucker on July 24, 2013

Bridgett McGuire and children

Posted in Mothers and Children, WetPlate by marktucker on January 2, 2013

We shot this today. My neighbor, from my old house on Gilmore Avenue — Bridgett McGuire and two of her four children. We shot all four children, but I just can’t make it work together yet. I like this image as a standalone. This is Sadie and Jed, with Bridgett. 8×10 collodion on metal. Part of the ongoing Mother Project. Feels like echoes of Julia Margaret Cameron. I can remember bumping into Bridgett at 8th Avenue Kroger on the day she found out she was pregnant with Jed, (bottom right).

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Jed, top left. Dylan, top right. Carson, bottom left. Sadie, bottom right.

Jed, top left. Dylan, top right. Carson, bottom left. Sadie, bottom right.

Lanie Gannon and Nathalie VanBalen

Posted in Mothers and Children by marktucker on December 30, 2012

Another diptych combination with fine artist Lanie Gannon, and her future daughter-in-law Nathalie VanBalen. And that’s Lanie’s son Ki, behind her in the left frame. I was going to pair Lanie with Ki, but Ki and Jack looked so great together. But these are both strong women.

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My mother gets a perm

Posted in Mothers and Children by marktucker on December 15, 2012

We were in that place for almost two hours. But she had a big time.

"The Golden Curl", on Russelville Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“The Golden Curl”, on Russelville Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Saint Margaret, of Bowling Green.

Saint Margaret, of Bowling Green.

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Rachel Lehman and daughter

Posted in Mothers and Children, WetPlate by marktucker on December 13, 2012

Rachel Lehman, owner of Crema Coffee, downtown on 1st Avenue South, at their home in 12South. About six years ago, Rachel’s brothers set this tree on fire with fireworks, and almost killed the tree. Today it stands in this hollowed-up womblike state in their back yard. From the MotherProject. 8×10 collodion diptych.

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Lanie Gannon family

Posted in Mothers and Children, WetPlate by marktucker on December 9, 2012

A full day today with Lanie Gannon, her husband Rob, and their two children. I like this diptych of her two sons, Jack and Ki. More images added soon, of Nathalie, Rob, and Lanie.

Jack and Ki Oglivie.

Jack and Ki Oglivie.

Rob Ogilvie, husband of Lanie, and father of Jack and Ki. 8x10 collodion.

Rob Ogilvie, husband of Lanie, and father of Jack and Ki. 8×10 collodion.

Nathalie, Ki's fiance.

Nathalie, Ki’s fiance.

Short iphone video, of Ki, Nathalie and Lanie reviewing the plates, while we shot.

CLICK TO WATCH. Short iphone video, of Ki, Nathalie and Lanie reviewing the plates, while we shot.

Printmaking and more Shooting

Posted in Mothers and Children by marktucker on November 29, 2012

I guess we’ve officially started on The Mother Project now. When we’re not shooting, we’re printmaking and planning the frames. As it stands now, each piece will be 32″x40″ in the frame. But it’s very early on at this point. Brydgett C will be on horseback; Bridgett P will be piled in her giant bed with all four of her kids; and if Diana gets her way, we’re going to construct a plywood swimming pool in my back yard, since her girls were born in water. (With hot water, of course). There’s a new 8×10 wooden camera on the way; we’re just now starting to hit our stride. The house is a mess, with prints everywhere, and the smell of varnish in the air, but good things are happening. Moving forward.

Iris, and her mom and daughter

Kristy and her two daughters

Kristy Robinson, Skye, and Holly

Posted in Mothers and Children, Spirituality, The South, WetPlate by marktucker on November 24, 2012

We photographed another in our series of mothers and children today. Just starting the edit, but here are a few images to start.

Kristy, Holly, and Skye (and June). 4×5 collodion diptych.

Kristy Bartlett Robinson. Radiant.

Skye Robinson, in the field at their home, with Johnny and Abby.

We called this picture “Skye’s Breakup”.

Skye, with guitar, under the fallen tree.

June, voicing her approval over my ability to capture her essence. (Photo: Kristy Robinson)

Working with test print. Finals for project will be 30″x40″, framed. Multi layers, hopefully. Multi materials.

Mothers/Children #1

Posted in Mothers and Children by marktucker on November 20, 2012

Today, we start a new series of portraits. We shot a good bit in short amount of time, and this is just a teaser image — part of a larger whole, to come later. This is Iris Baker and her 10-year old daughter Kylie, and then Iris’ mother Loekie, who is visiting from The Netherlands. Iris is a producer for video and commercials, here in Nashville, and Kylie attends University School, and is an aspiring screenwriter.

These images are 8″x10″ collodion on black aluminum.

Three generations of strong women. (Click to enlarge).

Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, playing…

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