For Austin-based photographer Tracy Morford, fashion is a means of exploring personal themes as well as telling universal stories. Since growing up in the wooded landscape of Central New York, the artist has felt a profound connection with nature, one which she returns to by capturing solitary women as they gallop through verdant pastures or dip their toes in passing streams.
Morford’s models, she explains, are in many ways surrogates for herself, and she finds herself drawn intuitively to those who resemble her. Says the artist, “If my hair is red, I tend to choose red headed models.” Though they are readily identifiable with the photographer, Morford’s subjects also possess a rare chameleon quality, allowing them to adapt and align themselves with our own subjective perceptions.
For many of her shoots, Morford casts herself in various roles, tackling everything from styling to art direction. She prefers to work alone with her model or in small groups, fostering trust and collaboration between herself and her subject that allows for organic and serendipitous moments. Armed with the acumen passed down from her father, an antique dealer, she combs antique and thrift stores for special objects, bringing a treasure trove with her to nearly every shoot, a collection from which she normally only uses a small portion. Like woodland nymphs, her subjects are liberated from the confines of time and space, roaming freely throughout the wilderness sporting ethereal pieces pulled from an indefinite past.
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