Tanya Long’s artistic practise is largely focused on finding out what else can be done with analogue photographic tools and materials other than using them in the service of creating a mechanically rendered representation of reality. She works primarily in the color darkroom without negatives. Long is guided in her work by three major interests:
1) The reduction of photography to its essence: light and time.
2) The application of the characteristics of Minimalism and other 1960’s conceptual art to photography. For example, the emphasis on surface, color and objecthood. As well as the use of seriality, systems, standardized industrial materials and performative, pre-conceived actions.
3) Freeing the Photograph from the genre of Photography: the Photograph as Painting, as Sculpture and as Performance.
These interests are also applied when working with non-photographic materials.