Yves Tucker
Photography & Media

I am participating in contemporary conversations around aerial photography, drones, and the ethics therein through still- and video-based digital photography practice. The work focuses on the Highland Park neighborhood in Chattanooga, TN, and via surveillance researching the observations of aerial views of both public and private spaces. I test the limitation so a new set of laws around drones and aerial footage, privacy and the world of surveillance. 

Drone images spark ethics conversations with regards to what is public versus private space, and the capabilities of the drone infiltrate and simply enter these gray boundaries via modern technology. I use video as a way to spy on specific areas during all times of the day. With this technique, I use a gimbal and tripod to observe the surroundings of the neighborhood. The movement within the video, whether it’s walking the streets or simply placed on a tripod for long periods of time, observing people’s possessions, houses and daily activities. I intentionally ride and push back on the porous and liminal area separating ethical from unethical—collectively seeing my practice as a sort of “neighborhood watch” and embracing both the positive and negative associations with the term. With Trevor Paglan’s work and ideas that question the big data and surveillance, as well as from the US Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper Drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle, the operation of a drone available to the public is a serious conversation of the topic as a whole and should consider this practice as invasive with interesting conversation that surrounds the topic.