In a particularly difficult season of depression, photography was one of the tools Tara Wray used to cope.
“Just forcing myself to get out of my head and using the camera to do that is, in a way, a therapeutic tool,” says Wray, a photographer and filmmaker based in central Vermont. “It’s like exercise: You don’t want to do it, you have to make yourself do it, and you feel better after you do.”
In July, she published Too Tired for Sunshine, a book of her photos from that period, taken between 2011 and 2018. Some of the images show a stark beauty, others a raw loneliness, and some capture hints that the world may be slightly off-kilter.
Photographically, Wray says she’s drawn to light, the honesty of dogs and“things that are humorous and maybe aren’t trying to be.” Making these images helped keep her…