Meet Tracy Lalonde – Photographer and Musical Artist
A 25 year-old musician and photographer from Lancaster, Tracy Lalonde is a ruralist from the easternmost fringe of Ontario. Originally from Cornwall, Tracy is a graduate of the Digital Arts for Musicians at St. Lawrence College. After some extended travelling throughout the United Kingdom, and United States, she has returned to her roots where she enjoys spends her free time driving and photographing the back roads of Glengarry County and making music. Tracy’s photography has been part of exhibitions at The Art Gallery of Cornwall and she is currently working on her debut album – a 5-song EP of material.
With the help of Graham Greer, a local musician, and a Popular Music grant from the Ontario Arts Council to help fund the album, Tracy is anxious for it’s late-June/early-July release. Self-described as “a folky mish-mash of pop and rock flavours, with songs inspired by love, literature, and local history,” The album includes an eclectic mix of instruments such as a banjo, violin, electric guitar, pots and pans, glockenspiel and an organ. To listen to Tracy click here for a performance of 1829.
I first met Tracy through Instagram, where I quickly fell in love with her photography of eastern rural Ontario. Her carefree spirit and love for her community shines in this emerging artists work. The photographs above are six of my favourites chosen from Tracy’s Instagram profile. I asked Tracy to tell me where the photos were each taken and a bit about what was happening in the shot. I hope you will enjoy these charming images and the delightful artist who creates them. Be sure to follow Tracy on Instagram to also keep up with her budding musical career!
The Photography of Tracy Lalonde
Top Left: This was taken on Street Road, sort of north-east of Cornwall on one of the first nice and green days of Spring this year. I haven’t come across another lane like this during my local travels (yet!). My driveway will look like this someday.
Top Right: Usually, I drive around the backroads on my own, but this was one of the rare times when my younger sister tagged along and insisted on driving. We spent a late afternoon goofing off and roaming the countryside with the windows down, talking in funny voices and being way too silly for our own good. Being in the passenger seat, I took advantage of a free ride, kicked my feet up onto the dashboard, and snapped this as we were driving on County Road 43, west of Alexandria.
Centre Left: There is no shortage of old wooden barns in Glengarry County, and I like sniffing them out. This one is near the intersection of South Branch and Glen Falloch Roads, north-east of Cornwall. South Branch Road is one of my favourite roads to drive down, especially on my way home after a day at work. It’s beautiful during Autumn.
Centre Right: Here, I’m looking east down the railway tracks as they intersect Fraser Road near Lancaster.
Bottom Left: That’s me! I’ve got an incurable case of messy hair and spend a lot of time thinking “Ugh, I need a haircut…”. This was one of those contemplative moments. (Fun Fact: I got a haircut the next day.)
Bottom Right: The chickadees from Cooper March along County Road 2 (Highway 2) near South Lancaster are extremely friendly. I think they might have been expecting food from me, which I didn’t have, but that didn’t stop them from swooping down and resting on my outstretched hand a few days before this past Christmas.
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