Tanya, Thank you for participating!
Tell us a bit about yourself!My name is Tanya, I'm an artist with a camera and I run on caffeine. My inside leg measurement is over half my height, I have 15 piercings and I was born on the Winter Solstice.
How did you find deviantART?I don't entirely remember. It was a long time ago! I think I saw a link on another website.
What inspired your username?I wish there was a deep and meaningful story here, but there isn't. I just liked how the two words looked and sounded together.
How does deviantART stand out for you?It really is unique in terms of art websites. I love that artists of all skill levels are welcome here and I've never found a community like this anywhere else online. As well as being a place to share and enjoy art, it's an amazing place to make friends.
What do you aim to do in the deviantART community?Pretty much just what I'm doing already...lots of promoting other people's work (as a CV), providing information (through tutorials, journals, #communityrelations and #fella) and generally having fun.
Celebrating Diversity #13In this issue of Celebrating Diversity, I would like to remind you of an amazing feeling...when you see a piece of art created in a medium or genre that you have little or no experience of working in, and it feels like you're witnessing something magical, something beyond your comprehension.
It's wonderful to revel in the joy of How do they do that? and find inspiration in the creations of other artists. So I challenge you to take a step outside of the galleries that you regularly browse and immerse yourself in the experience of indulging in something new.
How do you celebrate diversity?
Do you regularly browse, comment on and collect art that's wildly different from what you create?
Do you watch artists who use mediums that you don't use in your own
Darkroom DDs: December 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in December 2012.
Chemgram by ~rockershay Air Show collection by *RichardBublitz I Am What You Think I Am (Ver2) by ~ippiki-wolf Fishing Boat by =JacqChristiaan Self Portrait - Variation by ~serdarb Power by ~nutsapple Winter Solstice by *Sun-Seeker Zamanin Izi by ~oguzhanerdogan Kind of crowdy by ~SauleaPhotography 13th Beach Storm by *DanielleMiner 13. 2. 2009 by ~j-nny Shuttle Endeavour East of The Forum by ~exopix Winter feeling by ~Caltson
What inspires your work?Anything and everything! Sometimes ideas for photos come from films or music I enjoy, sometimes I wake up from a really interesting dream and want to capture that imagery...a lot of the time I'm inspired by the people around me who I like to point my camera at.
What is your main genre(s)?Horror and conceptual photography, expressive portraiture...lots of other stuff too. I don't really have a main genre. I just go with whatever takes my fancy at any given time. Sometimes I go through phases where I shoot a lot of one kind of thing, then something else will come along and inspire me so I'll work with that for a while.
What is unique about the medium(s)s?I love how photography captures something in a fraction of a second. Often, when when a concept for a shoot is totally planned out and hours of preparation have gone into styling, make-up, lighting, set creation etc there will something random that happens in the 160th of a second while the shutter is open that takes a picture to the next level and expresses something really special and unexpected.
What kinds of things are reflected in your style?I don't know. I don't even know that I have a style! It's something I think other people see in your work that you don't necessarily notice yourself.
Any difficulties regarding your art?Not really, apart from people mistakenly assuming that anyone who creates horror art is a violent psychopath. Which I'm not in the slightest. I'm a very friendly, calm person who just likes playing with effects make-up.
What is your future as an artist?I ran a photography business for years, not only shooting but also teaching individuals and classes, and managing a studio which I hired out to other photographers. I loved it but unfortunately my health made it impossible to continue with it (I have M.E.). At the moment, I'm just enjoying creating art for the love of it rather than for money. I feel like I'm falling in love with photography all over again, which is just fantastic!
What words of advice do you have for others?If you want to make money from your art, you have to be business-minded to make it work. Being excellent at what you create isn't enough.
Anything more you'd like to add?Whatever you do artistically, savour the experience and enjoy the fact that you're creating something amazing and sharing a part of yourself with the world!
Tanya is the Community Volunteer of Dark Room.
She is an Admin of many groups on dA: