Simon L. Long’s photographic practice works with both still and moving images. His starting point is often an archive of found images which he works to reappropriate into a narrative that asks the viewer to consider alternative versions of the original story. The work is often centered on memory, relationships and the way that personal history shapes a psychological condition. The artist is interested in phototherapy and there are elements of this, both in the artistic process, and in the output of the work.
His latest work, Disposition is drawn from found material. In this piece Simon creates an intense experience that challenges the viewer to think about a state of mind, and in particular, how key relationships and major events in life affect one’s disposition. In the work there is oppression and trauma but there are also elements of passion and hope and love. The artist wants the audience to engage personally with the work. The viewer is encouraged to consider the work in the light of their own individual and unique story.
The artist completed a MA in photography at LCC, UAL in December 2017.