- I don't take photos - I create them.
- Still life and portrait photographer trapped in the body of a landscape and architecture photographer :)
- Or am I an architect trapped in the body of a photographer?...
International award winning B&W fine-art photographer. Specialized in landscapes, architecture and still life.AWARDS
- 2012 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Professional category: 2nd place winner in Architecture – for the winning entry “The Shape Of Light”. A series of 6 photographs based on Le Corbusier's quote.
- 2012 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Professional category: Honorable mention – Architecture category for the winning entry “Monodrian”.
- 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur category: 1st place winner in Architecture – for the winning entry “Frozen Music”. A series of 5 photographs of Goethe's Frozen Music concept.
- 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur category: Honorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Zenith”.
- 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur category: Honorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Dead-End”.
- 2010 International Photography Awards (IPA) - Amateur category: 2nd place in Architecture – Bridges category for the winning entry “Zeeland Bridge Studies”. A series of 5 photographs of the Zeeland Bridge in the Netherlands.
- 2010 Sony World Photography Awards: Shortlisted and finalist in the Landscape category with Bridge Study IV.
- 2010 Sony World Photography Awards: Special commendation in the Architecture category with Connected
As an artist, I consider photography merely as a medium to express my personal and artistic view on the world: my camera is just a tool like many others. When I shoot, I’m not capturing an objective reality, if such a thing even exists. What I aim to is to express a highly personal creative vision, with the camera and the digital darkroom as my tools.
My creative vision is based on the idea that, once the artist is deliberately moving away from reality in his artistic expression, the viewer can get closer to the essence of the artist himself and to his creative spirit.
The further the artist moves away from reality, the more unique the result is, the more it represents his personal vision and the closer we get to experience the essence of that artist.
That is far more interesting than capturing objective reality and getting closer to the essence of the camera, which is basically what photographers do who claim to only shoot straight out of the camera.
When I use long exposure techniques, I’m already consciously moving one step away from reality. The conversion to B&W adds a second step, and, by deliberately altering tonal contrasts and relationships, my creative process reaches a total of three steps departure from reality.
I’m constantly looking for other ways to add even more steps: this is one of the fundaments of how I approach my art.
While processing the image, I always try to give my images a surreal and dramatic look, and therefore a highly personal, artistic context.
I apply this same approach of “minimalism in a surreal and dramatic context” to all my subjects: architecture, seascapes and still lives.
Interpreting the light, and using it to my advantage by rendering it accordingly to my artistic vision: by manipulating light this adds a fourth step in my quest to move further away from reality and revealing my artistic essence.
Another important aspect of my creative vision is beauty and its visualization.
Beauty is a very subjective concept and I highlight beauty in its implicit form; a type of beauty that lures just beneath the surface: just a hint, a suggestion. Beauty is minimal. That’s why I try to create images that are minimal.
I always start with an empty space and then add something to it. How much do I need before it’s too explicit and it’s not a slight suggestion anymore?
It’s not a matter of how much I can remove from a frame packed with objects, but exactly the opposite: how much can I add to an empty space before it’s too much?
Beauty is everywhere.
One of its purest displays is architecture, on which I try to apply my personal artistic vision.
Architecture possesses a very special place in my heart. I love architecture and the way forms and spaces are revealed, or to quote architect Le Corbusier, “assembled in the light”; light has a fundamental importance in both photography and architecture.
The light in my architectural photographs is rendered in a specific way, muted or enhanced, for a dramatic effect to emphasize its importance, to enhance lines and patterns, to decrease or increase volumes, spaces and contrasts.
The ultimate goal is to reveal the essence, the soul of the architectural structure, by leaving out anything that doesn’t’ add to this essence.- Joel Tjintjelaar
If you're read one of the following magazines the past few years then you must have seen one of my photos in an article or ad:
- American Photo Magazine (USA)
- Popular Photography Magazine (USA)
- Outdoor Photographer Magazine (USA)
- B&W magazine (UK)
- Photoshop (USA - forgot the complete name)
- Digifoto PRO (Holland)
- More: I haven't seen all magazines I've been published in.
- Interviews/features/articles in online magazines and blogs: just google my name.
Joel Tjintjelaar is an International Award winning B&W fine-art photographer from the Netherlands. His work has been published on many online websites and in magazines like American Photo (USA), Outdoor Photographer Magazine (USA) and Dutch magazine Digifotopro to name a few. Besides these publications his work has also been used for commercial purposes like the worldwide press release for BMW's 6 series concept coupe (September 2010) and the NIK Software's Promotional video for the worldwide release of Silver Efex Pro 2, which features him as the main character.
Joel is also member of Team NIK Worldwide, a select group of some of the best photographers in the world that work closely with NIK Software and deliver practical education for the photographic arts community. Born in Jakarta, but raised in the Netherlands, Joel has studied criminal law, but has always cultivated his artistically oriented passions, especially for architecture, cinematography and photography.