A Part of Me

A Part of Me (Thesis) In general, I am drawn first to pain then to joy. I believe one must have pain to enjoy happiness. With A Part of Me, I am exploring the diversities of the mother daughter relationship…

A Part of Me (Thesis)
In general, I am drawn first to pain then to joy. I believe one must have pain to enjoy
happiness. With A Part of Me, I am exploring the diversities of the mother daughter relationship
through a documentary photo series
As I was photographing Tucker and Jeanne Marie Northup, a mother and daughter, I
want to portray the shift of when the daughter mother relationship shifts and when the
daughter becomes the care taker. As well as show the unconditional love and frustration that is
always present within that relationship, to capture those moments of intimacy. Jeanne Marie
fought her way through breast cancer, and now lives with her daughter Tucker in Sarasota
Florida. Their story of strength and compromise during this time of transition is fascinating to
me.
I chose to photograph Tucker and Jeanne Marie in and around their home where they
feel comfortable. Surrounded by the natural light and belongings. By doing so, it shows who
they are and how they live and interact with one another, as well as their pets.
As females in our mother’s wombs we carry all of the eggs that we will have in our
lifetimes. Our mothers carried all their eggs and potential children while in their mothers. The
cellular connection we as women have to our female ancestors are, without question,
imbedded in who we are. We carry the stories of our mother’s mother’s mother’s. I challenge
the viewer to reflect on their own relationship with their mother; knowing you carry all the
stories of the women who came before you.

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