Jan Stel [1970, Purmerend, the Netherlands] is a self-taught photographer. As a creative person, Jan was a pioneering artist in his youth. He created graffiti murals in the suburbs of Amsterdam and at home he made detailed drawings and realistic illustrations. The analogue photo gear of his father sparked his interest in photography, and inspired him to develop his own creative style. Today Jan uses technical tilt/shift lenses for maximum photography quality.
“It must have been around 1998 that my fascination for long gone glory started. I am attracted to a forgotten world that is slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature. Characteristic architecture, abandoned by man and signs of disappeared craftsmanship still show much of their history. Locations that once were full of life and activities are now silent and all human presence is disappeared. Instead of demolition, I hope that this faded glory will be transformed into a place where young and old can enjoy this lost history. Many of the objects I have photographed have now been demolished or transformed to a new destination.” Jan Stel’s photography is made in pure, natural light; no flashlights or studio lamps are used. This authentic working process takes patience, sensitivity and excellent timing.