sights & sounds

Sights And Sounds To Start Your Weekend from Arden Wray

by Maxwell Tielman


I first came upon photographer Arden Wray’s work by way of her project Boots & Pine, a series of portrait sessions with creative individuals in their homes and workplaces. Although the basic concept is not unheard of, what struck me about Arden’s work was her eye for detail and her delicate, empathetic hand with her subjects. Rather than mere documentation, we are treated to an uncommonly intimate portrait, one with the nuance and beauty of an Impressionist painting. What began as a relatively small project featuring people around Arden’s hometown of Toronto, Ontario has now become a large-scale, multi-year opus, one that has followed her around Canada and the United States. Arden currently lives between New York City and The Catskills, photographing both professionally and personally. We’re so thrilled that Arden was able to share some of her photographs along with a few complementary tunes, perfect for kicking off your weekend. Check out all of the photos, plus her insights and musical picks, after the jump! (Also, be sure to check out Arden’s Instagram here!)—Max

Image above: “This picture was taken in Hudson, NY, upstate for my project Boots & Pine,” Arden writes. “It’s a portrait of a woman named Margot, photographed in her home, who does wonderful things with wool. I’m continually inspired by the people I meet who are doing creative things and setting down roots in Upstate New York. My mother and stepfather live near Woodstock, so I spend a lot of time up there. It’s a really special place.” | Song: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Our House


Image above: “I was lucky enough to be in Morocco for a while last Spring and I really fell in love with Marrakech. I was walking down the street, just outside of the medina, and stumbled into this small, bustling market shop selling produce and livestock and flowers. For me, this picture evokes the smells and sounds of that space.” | Song: Jana Hunter – A Bright-Ass Light


Image above: “This is a picture of my friend Kelly DeWitt driving her 1968 Ford pick-up truck on a hot August afternoon near her home in Austin, TX. We were probably on our way to the river to go sit on a rock in the water with a bottle of Topo Chico and wait for it to get cool as the sun went down. I’ve realized that I am never happier than when I’m driving in a car with the windows open and no real destination in mind. This photo feels like total summertime bliss and freedom to me.” | Song: Free – All Right Now


Image above: “This was in the parking lot of a highway hotel somewhere in Virginia earlier this summer, first thing in the morning, before we got back on the road. It feels very timeless to me. I always end up photographing old cars.” | Song: Sharon van Etten – Every Time the Sun Comes Up


Image above: “This is a portrait of my best friend Melanie in her backyard right as the seasons were starting to change. I’ve probably taken a thousand photographs of her over the years. We’ve lived together, traveled together, and done a lot of our growing up by each other’s side. She is always my favourite subject.” | Song: Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy

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