Jan Stel (1970, Purmerend, the Netherlands)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”.