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Tracy Whiteside
Elburn, IL US

Tracy Whiteside is an award-winning, internationally exhibited fine art photographer specializing in dark art and fantasy images. Her work has been printed in fashion, art, and literature publications, magazines, and on book covers.

About Me and My Art
A photographer since 2004, I have worked in the fashion business and horticulture industry, taught musical theatre, owned a theatre company and talent agency, all of which have brought me to this point.

Creative photography allows us to “sightsee” the ideas that frighten or intrigue us. This type of art awakens a part of our imagination that is rarely engaged. Exploring other worlds develops our creative problem-solving skills and our analytical abilities.

I create nightmare-inspired art for women's mental health and healing. There is great comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Belonging is a basic human need. We all need to be accepted for who we are including the creepy thoughts, the sadness, depression, distress, or shame.

The fantasy-influenced art I make is a means of emotional escape from that darkness. We need flights of fancy, daydreams, and illusions as relief. This helps us cope with life's hardships. 


2023 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Honorable Mention, Fine Art Category 2 Single Images Plus 1 Series; Open Theme Category 1 Image; Women Seen by Women Category 1 Series
2023 Fine Art Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 1 Series and 2 Single Images
2023 Monochrome International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
2022 WINNER, Artistic Category, Smithsonian Photography Contest
2022 Lucie Foundation Portrait Project Finalist
2022 Envision Arts, “Halloween” Exhibition, 2 Honorable Mentions
2022 Utopia Awards Art Finalist
2021  London Photo Festival October Winner
2021  Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2 Honourable Mentions
2021   Albe Art Gallery, Honorable Mention
2020 London Photo Festival December Winner
2020 International Photography Awards (IPA),
Honorable Mention
2020 The Artist's Circle Gallery "America the Beautiful" Exhibition, Texas-Honorable Mention


2022 Darkwood House, Independence, MO
2021 “Shadowed Souls” Exhibition, Ghoulish Mortals, St. Charles, IL


2023 Obscurity Brewery, "Gallery of Shadows" Exhibition, Elburn, IL


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Guest photography instructor for Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin, IL


2023 Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, “Dark Art 2023” Exhibition, Fort Myers, FL
2023 Envision Kindness Photo Contest, 2023
2023 Promoting Passion Exhibition, Dahlonega, GA
2023 Obscurity Brewery, "Gallery of Shadows" Exhibition, Elburn, IL
2023 Dark Parlour, "Spooktober" Exhibition, York, PA
2023 The Chateau Gallery, “In Dreams” Exhibition, Louisville, KY
2023 Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art, Marshall, MO

2022 Crete “Creative Halloween Horror Art” Showcase, Crete, IL
2022 Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, “Dark Art” Exhibition, Fort Myers, FL
2022 Jacoby Arts Center, “Phantasmagoria” Exhibition, Alton, IL
2022 GalleryX, “Icons of a New Religion” Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
2022 Side Street Studio, “THE LONG RED LINE” Exhibition, Elgin, IL
2022 Revolution Gallery, "Messages From a Secret Place" 2 Person Exhibition, Buffalo, New York
2022 Blank Wall Gallery, "Portraits" Exhibition, Athens, Greece
2021  Millepiani Exhibition Space "It's Magic. A Beyond Experience" Show, Rome, Italy
2021  Side Street Studio Arts "Something Wicked 2021" Exhibition, Elgin, IL
2021  Isacson Arts' "Dangerous Lullabies VII" Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL
2021  Harley Clarke Mansion "A House, Haunted" Exhibition, Evanston, IL
2021  DePaul University Humanities Center "Horror of the Humanities IX"
2021   Side Street Studio Arts "Going Dutch" Festival, Elgin, IL
2021   Albe Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, Abu Dhabi
2021   Lacuna Festivals International Contemporary Art "Distance" Exhibition, Las Palmas, Spain
2021   The Stable Gallery, Worldwide-Instagram Exhibition
2021   NOMA Gallery, "Venus Rising" Exhibition, Ocala, Florida
2021   Art4All, "Spring Colors Show" Exhibition, Romania
2021   The Gallery by MUI, "Little Stories We Tell Ourselves" Exhibition
2021   Envision Arts Show, "For the Love of Art III" Exhibit, Texas
2021   Judgement Show, UK
2021   Revolution Gallery, "Mini Masterpieces" Exhibition, Buffalo, NY
2020  Los Angeles Center of Photography Public Gallery
2020 Arts for Illinois Visual Arts Gallery
2020 Artist's Circle, Orange Exhibition, Tyler, TX
2020 Sfumato International Online Art Exhibition by Arte Estetica and Artesse Gallery Italy
2020 Syzygy Art Collab,  "Dark Art" Exhibition, Davis Art Center, Fort Meyers, Florida
2020 Tall Sequoia Gallery, "Abstract My World" Exhibition, Toronto
2020 Push/Pull, "In Toto Virtual Exhibition"
2020 Kentuck Museum and Gallery "Art to Make You Smile" Exhibition, Alabama
2020 National Council on Aging, Arlington, Virginia
2020 Happy Gallery Chicago, "Still Relevant" Exhibit, Chicago
2020 Marvelous Art Gallery, "Surrealism" Exhibition, Istanbul
2020 Revolution Gallery, "Mini Masterpieces" Exhibition, Buffalo, New York
2019 Loosen Art Int'l Group Exhibition "About Future" Rome, Italy
2019 Blank Wall Gallery "Fine Art" Exhibition, Athens, Greece
2019 Blank Wall Gallery "Black and White" Exhibition, Athens, Greece
2018 Water Street Studios Anniversary, Batavia, IL
2018 St. Charles  Arts Fest, St. Charles, IL 

17:23 · SPECIAL EDITION - Kyiv, Ukraine
365 Art+Magazine, Tokyo, Japan
6X Portrait, France
Abstract: Contemporary Expressions, New Delhi, India
Aesthetics of Photography 
Alban Lake Publishing
Annex Magazine
Apero Fine Art Publication
Art Hole, UK
Art of Portrait, Russia
Artells Magazine
Audacious Fashion Magazine, Oklahoma
Bards and Sages Quarterly
beauNU Magazine
BeautyMute, Europe
BeTrend Art Dark Beauty Issue, Paris, France
Beyondall Magazine
Black Pinups, Oklahoma
Black Moon Magazine, Arkansas-Featured Artist-Best Of The Net
Bombshell Magazine, UK/Europe
Cajun Mutt Press
Child, Tween, Teen Fashion Magazine
CiiN Magazine, Middle East
Coin-Operated Press, Edinburgh Dundee Scotland
Comatose Magazine
Corbeaux Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Curvy Magazine
DarkestGoth, Kentucky
Daydream Magazine, Florida
Delirium Fine Art Issue, Paris, France
Detour Ahead
Dreamy Magazine
Dwell Time Press, UK

Eerie Eclipse Magazine, Massachusetts
Elegant Magazine, Anaheim, California
ELLAS Magazine-Teen Edition, Madrid, Spain
Enzomnia, Amsterdam
Epic Style Magazine


Factor Four Magazine
Fantasia Divinity, Georgia
Fashion In Motion, Austria/Germany/Switzerland
Fashion As Art, North America
Fashion Millennium Magazine
Femme Rebelle Magazine, UK
Feroce Magazine, Scotland/UK
Ferre, Madrid, Spain
Fienfh Magazine, Paris
Figgi, Milano, Italia
FiLLINI Magazine, Milano, Italia
FiLLINI Kids Fashion, Milano, Italia
Forward Fashion, Toronto
FrostFire Worlds
GENZO Magazine
GOJI Magazine
Gothesque Magazine, Texas
Harbor Review
Haven Speculative Magazine, New England
Horizont Magazine, Berlin, Germany
Horrid Magazine, Denver
In The Times of Covid: Women Artists and Writers
L'Esprit Literary Review

Jolie Teen, Roma, Italia
Justbe Magazine, Toronto
JUZI Magazine
КАМЕРГЕР Magazine. St. Petersburg, Russia
Kultur Magazine, UK, Germany, Croatia
L'ATTIRANCE Magazine, Montpellier, France
Life Is Art, Los Angeles
Like A Lion Magazine
Lipstik Magazine Top 25
London Runway
Lorius Elite Publication, California, KY
Luxia Magazine
LYUN Magazine, London
Macabre Medley, NAT1 Publishing
MAKEDA Magazine, United States
Marika Magazine, Russia
Men’s Cruz, Los Angeles
Mishka Beauty Magazine
Mob Journal
Moevir Magazine
Montana Mouthful
Moscow Tonight, Russia
MVIBE Magazine, USA
Neoque Magazine
New Face Fashion Magazine
New Face Magazine
New Southern Fugitives & SFK Press
Northside Magazine, Florida
Novel Noctule
NUNUM Literary Journal-Featured Artist
Ondine Magazine, Ireland
Opium Red Magazine, New York City
Over Magazine, California
Panache & Style Magazine, New York
Passengers Journal, Florida
Peatsmoke Journal-Best Of The Net
Period Magazine, Hong Kong/Asia
Philocaly Magazine, Chicago
Picton Magazine, New York
Please See Me
Prolific Quarterly, US/Canada/Norway/Costa Rica
Quadro, Milano, Italia
Reckoning Press-Utopia Awards
Reed Magazine, San Jose, California
Reincarnation, London 
Reservoir Road Literary Review
Rise Magazine
Rizing Magazine, Canada
Rocket Magazine, California
Santa Clara Review, California
Selin Magazine
Seraphina Magazine
Small Harbor Publishing
Smith and Gale Magazine
Smode Magazine, London
Songs of Eretz Poetry
Stilo Style Diary Magazine
Squardo Magazine
Start In Art, Germany
Style Best, London
StyleCruz Magazine, California
StyleZETTE Magazine, United States
Sunlight Press, Los Angeles
Swanky Magazine, London
Syracuse Cultural Datebook
The Air Magazine, Moscow, Russia
The Boulevard Magazine, Miami
the MASS, United Kingdom
The New Southern Fugitives & SFK Press, Nashville/Atlanta
The Reckoning, Michigan
The Song Between Our Stars, 
THETHE Magazine, Milan
The Working Artist, UK
TL Publishing Group, Tampa, Florida
Top Posters Magazine
Top Posters Teen and Kids
Torrid Literature Journal, Tampa, Florida
Tres Jolie Magazine, California
Twenty-two Twenty-eight
UnTold Magazine, Athens, Greece
Vanity Wall Magazine
Via Donna, Spain
Voices de la Luna, San Antonio, Texas
Vogue Italia
Vous Magazine, Madrid, Spain
WhenWithYou Magazine, London, UK
World of Goth
Wrongdoing Magazine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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