Too Tired For Sunshine
Too Tired For Sunshine is a collection of photographs made largely in Vermont, beginning in 2011. Centered on rural landscapes, animals, and strangers, these deeply personal images reflect my state of mind during a period spent battling depression.
Drawn from daily life and wanderings, the photographs in this work focus on unsettling subjects - backyard slaughterhouses, melancholic dogs, disrepair in various forms - as well as depictions of isolation in people, animals, and objects. Often I find myself photographing subjects that appear drastically out of place, seemingly devoid of context.
Making these photographs has given me separation from the darkness, and provided relief from obsessive thinking and feelings of dread. My hope is that people who view this work will discover a sense of unreality - sometimes grotesque, other times absurd, always beautiful - lurking in the midst of ordinary life.
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Tara Wray is a photographer based in rural Vermont. She is the author of Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long, a photobook follow up to her 2006 documentary film Manhattan, Kansas (SXSW 2006). Born and raised in Kansas, Wray studied documentary filmmaking at NYU. She curates interviews with photographers at Vice, Huffington Post, and BUST Magazine, and is photo editor at the literary journal Hobart. A new book of photos titled Too Tired for Sunshine will be released by Yoffy Press in 2018. You can see more of her work here.