In Too Tired for Sunshine, Tara Wray confronts depression by documenting the beauty, darkness, and absurdity of everyday life. Drawn from daily life and wanderings, the photos explore loneliness and isolation, as seen through a lens of absurdist dark humor. Too Tired for Sunshine puts a fine point on channeling pain into creative expression. We are both witnessing the process and experiencing the result. Wray takes us on a visual and emotional journey with disarming humor that lets us lean in to the sadness a bit.
Too Tired for Sunshine will be published by Yoffy Press in Spring 2018.
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Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long
Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long (2014) is a photobook follow-up to Tara Wray's autobiographical documentary Manhattan, Kansas (SXSW 2006), about her relationship with her mentally ill mother. The book documents Wray's return to Kansas after a long absence to visit her grandmother, a character from the film. It is a portrait of love, mortality, and the ambivalence of family ties.
Tara Wray is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker based in rural Vermont. She is a regular contributor to Vice, BUST Magazine, and is photo editor of the literary journal Hobart. She created and curates Some Days Just Are, a collaborative photo series pairing together photographers from around the world to tell their stories simultaneously.
Her work has been featured on Vice, Archive Collective Magazine, La Presse, Lenscratch, Humble Arts Foundation, Burn Magazine, Thought Catalog, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Aint-Bad Magazine, among others, and is held in collections at major institutions including Yale University, University of Notre Dame, and Dartmouth College.
Born and raised in Kansas, Wray graduated from NYU with a degree in documentary film. She has directed two feature length documentaries: Manhattan, Kansas (Audience Award, SXSW 2006; Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Cartoon College (Vancouver 2012).
A new photobook titled Too Tired for Sunshine will be released by Yoffy Press in 2018.
She is currently working on long-term personal projects and is available for assignments.
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