Artist's Spotlight: Tracy Whiteside

Process Notes:

While I have been working in photography for over 15 years, much of that has been headshots and portraits. In the past couple of years, I have been focused on beauty and fashion. It has only been recently that I have decided to publicly share my passion for surrealism and the darker side of art. Since I was a little girl, I have loved all things that go bump in the night. I may have seen every scary movie ever made. I strongly prefer psychological horror as opposed to [graphic] violence. Slasher films are far too real, and I sometimes want to escape from real life. My style is ever-evolving as I experiment with new techniques, and I am inspired by unusual music and visuals. My latest work combines fashion, beauty, and dark art: the three genres I love the most. I am drawn to fantastical, magical, dream-like images that often lie on the dark side of the imagination. Currently, I am exploring what makes us human. Not our biology, but our minds. I am primarily interested in what we choose to hide from the world and how we do it. In particular, I am interested in [exploring the psyches of] females—the experiences, emotions, hopes, and fears that make us who we are. Our dark hidey-holes where we stuff the bad things.

TRACY WHITESIDE is an internationally published Chicago-area photographer specializing in creative images for humans. Her work can be seen in over 50 different publications in just the last year. Check out her portfolio at A photographer for over 15 years, Tracy works in many genres. You can enjoy her "irrational, mixed bag of images" on Instagram @whitesidetracy