Jan Stel is a self-taught photographer. As a creative person, Jan was a pioneering artist in his youth. He sprayed graffiti murals in the suburbs of Amsterdam and at home he made detailed drawings and realistic illustrations. The analogue photo gear from his father prompted his interest in photography, and inspired him to develop his own creative style.
Jan Stel’s photography is made in pure natural light, no flashlights or studio lamps are used. This authentic working process takes time, sensitivity and the right timing for action. Jan explains his photographic style in this way: “The human eye is far more sensitive than a camera lens and picks up minor as well as major differences in a scene. Because the photo camera is limited in its ability, I capture the image in multiple exposures. The scene my eye has seen in contrast with the part that the camera is unable to pick up is what fascinates me. I want to reassert this sensitivity. I do this by brushing the photographed brackets into a sort of light painting, similar to what the dark room masters and painters of past times used to do”.
Jan Stel is a self-taught photographer who was born in Purmerend in 1970. Jan has already been a pioneering artist during his childhood when he sprayed graffiti in Amsterdam. He also made detailed drawings and realistic illustrations. He became interested in photography by the analog photo gear from his father, which inspired him to develop his own style. Jan Stel takes his pictures in natural light, omitting flashlights and studio lamps. He photographs architecture which has been abandoned by man. He has had various exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, including Museum aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht; RAW Artfair, World Trace Centre, Rotterdam; PAN, RAI Amsterdam; Rotterdam Contemporary; KunstRAI, Amsterdam; Somerset House, London England; FotoFestival Naarden, Naarden Vesting. Stel received several awards, like the Sony World Photography Awards, International Color Awards and the Epson Pano Awards. His work can be found in many private and public collections.