Focus on the Photographer : Michael Tucker
We've been enjoying working with and getting to know Michael Tucker over the last month. This week, we're happy to share some of his favorite photos and a few of his latest for DNO
What's your name and where are you from?
Michael Tucker / Mandeville, LA
How long have you been taking photos?
I’ve been taking photos for about 6-7 years.
Is photography your primary medium? What is your favorite medium, technique, or platform for sharing your work?
I’d say photography is my primary medium for artistic expression. I occasionally write, write songs, and design things, etc. But I feel most comfortable making photos. Most days I’m shooting digitally, either on my Fuji X100T or my iPhone, and usually also editing through VSCO on my iPhone. The flow is easy and simple and helps me focus on the images rather than gear or a lengthy edit process. To this day, Instagram is still probably the best way for me to share my work, but I do hope my work becomes known outside of those walls. Because who knows the longevity of a platform like that? We just don’t.
What have you learned lately through producing art?
Most of what I’ve been learning lately is to value my own perspective, whether I understand it or not - that what I choose to shoot and the way I shoot it says a lot about the way I see the world and that’s worth looking into. Outside of that, I’ve been learning that what I’m doing is not in vain. The world needs art and artists. Art has a way of keeping us grounded and lifting our imaginations at the same time, which I think is an important and unique thing about art.
Is there anything that you've learned through art that has made you a better person as a whole?
I’m not sure what it means to be a good person or a better person, but I’d say that art has helped me process a lot of my short life. Especially in the past year, which has been particularly hard for me. Art’s been something I can lean on and lean into and trust. I can trust that art is going to help me - and not necessarily even clarify things - but just help process things. Trusting art has been especially moving in a time in which I find it hard to even trust myself. Art has been a rock.
What else are you working on right now?
I have a few side projects going on right now, like the Pennant Project and my newsletter, Miscellanea
. More than those things, though, I’m working on myself - setting aside time to focus on becoming the person I want to be. I think it’s something I’ve neglected for too long.
What most inspires you about New Orleans?
You know what I said about art keeping us grounded and lifting our imaginations at the same time? I think that’s what I love about New Orleans, too.
Any wise words you'd want to share?
One time my dad said “It’s a shame dogs can’t stay puppies.” It was casual and not meant to be profound, but I wrote it down anyway. I think we all forget what it was like to be a kid, and maybe if we tried to remember sometimes, we’d be better off. When we were kids, we forgave ourselves. When we were kids, we were free, and we were outside. I think we could all use some of that.
The following images include 4 selections from Michael's archives followed by a few favorites he's taken for DNO.
"When we were kids, we were free, and we were outside."