In Tanis’ work Isolation and standardization are important themes. He also wants to make people aware and confront them with subjects they often pass by or ignore.
Important motifs in Tanis’ work are the buildings and the urban landscape. By photographing this the artist wants to capture the anonymity of the contemporary urban environment and the isolation of the people who live in it.
Tanis’ work about people and everyday objects refer also to this theme. He wants to show the less attractive side of (family) life. The media inundates us with stereotypes. People need to meet a certain standard to be found 'normal’. One must keep a certain lifestyle, which is ‘accepted’. The media determines what is beautiful and how people judge things. It provides a standardization in society. Tanis wants to show the other side and go beyond the façade.
With Almost Blue Tanis shows us cardboard boxes and tents Japanese homeless people live in. By showing their alternative home the artist undoes that standard image we often have in our heads of how the homeless reside. The boxes and tents are beautifully made, kept proper and the surroundings are also maintained clean and tidied up.
Almost Blue has been exhibited at Photo-OFF (Paris /FR), Year 07 (London / UK), Coalmine (Winterthur / CH) and Souterrain, Centre for Contemporary Art (Amsterdam / NL).