My website with tutorials on B&W and Long exposure photography
You can find everything on B&W and Long Exposure photography on my website, including one of the most extensive guides on long exposure photography.

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About me and why B&W?
I love Black and White photography because with the removal of color the essence of objects, situations, sceneries and people can become more visible. Can become more visible because it's up to you what you do with contrasts, light, shapes and lines to emphasize the essence, or what you see as the essence - no colors that will seduce the eye, only emotion that will capture the heart. If you do it right...

I don't believe in SOOC shots. I believe in the artistic result and in the visualization of the artist of how he/she sees the world. A camera is just a piece of hardware with no mind, no soul, no artistry, just an object that records a situation, unbiased and emotionless. I'm not interested in the vision of a piece of hardware, I'm only interested in the vision of the artist with a mind and soul, who will alter the image to his reality. It's the difference between photography and art.

I write books on B&W photography too.
I'm also the co-author with Julia Anna Gospodarou of the recently released 424 pages eBook. Here's just an example of what others say about the book. In this case George DeWolfe:
“Outside of Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo Series, From Basic to Fine Art, by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou, is the best book on B&W photography written in the last 40 years.”
- George DeWolfe – Fine Art Photographer, Instructor & Writer (Luminous
From Basics to Fine Art - Black and White photography - Architecture and Beyond

IPA 20122ndPlace-Silver
IPA 20111stPlace-Gold First
IPA 20102ndPlace-Silver
IPA 2011HonorableMention DeadEnd
2012 International Photography Awards (IPA): 2nd place winner in Architecture Professionals– for the winning entry “Shape of Light” . A series of 5 photographs based on Le Corbusier's quote.
2011 International Photography Awards (IPA): 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): Honorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Zenith”.
2011 International Photography Awards (IPA): Honorable mention – Fine-art Landscape category for the winning entry “Dead-End”.
2010 International Photography Awards (IPA): 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
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    Richard Terpolilli says:

    "Joel as entered the world once reserved for the icons of black and white
    such as Ansel Adams, Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, and Evans ~ only Tjintjelaar made long B+W long exposure fine art his central preoccupation.

    His unique vision is visible in his creations; this takes talent, passion & perseverance while his anchor points strengthens his composition. Joel's uniqueness and originality is different and refreshing.

    As Ansel Adams said,"You don't take a photograph you make it." I for one am fortunate to bare witness to Joel Tjintjelaar's originals. Thank you for sharing."

    June 9th, 2013

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    "Just a few words to comment the amazing and perfect works of Joel. When i first met his works i really didn't believe that an image could describe in a such way something of so static and huge . Thks to him I started to love this kind of images, so thks Joel and keep it up.

    David (Italy)"

    October 4th, 2011

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    ^soulfly says:

    "Alright, I don't even know where to start describing Joel's long exposure work. When I first chance up to his stream, I was blown away. As I was trying to find my place in photography, I was like trying to figure out what I want and how I wanted to shoot. I knew nothing about long exposures, or apertures, or shutter speeds. I just knew that I liked long exposure landscapes and seascapes but again, I have no freaking idea on how to achieve it. and when I saw Joel's work, I was like, "that's how and what I want to shoot."

    Joel's style is so versatile, his long exposure work are exceptional especially on architecture, very eye pleasing and give a sense of surrealism.

    Besides that, Joel is a very friendly and helpful person with no doubt of helping and assist whenever a questions are raised to him. Respect!

    Joel, wanted to thank you for all the great images and a source inspiration in many ways. I can actually say that I have learned a lot from viewing your images, so thanks for sharing your great work. Keep up the amazing work.


    June 11th, 2011

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    AlnVrz | Illusions says:

    "You might get this a lot, but to me it really means a lot when I say that you have been a tremendous inspiration.

    The way you strive for perfection is phenomenal and it feels that I can read and relate to your work instantly.

    I love the minimalism and symmetry that you achieve through your work. Its a unique style that many may choose to ignore, but you pursue it so relentlessly.

    The moment I saw your work, then started my romance with BW and long exposures. I am still biding my time for the right gear to express my interpretations on these magical exposures. It is indeed a spiritual experience.

    Hope to see more of your inspiring work.


    March 31st, 2011

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    simon.anderson says:

    "What can I say about Joel, mmmmm
    He is a magician of photography with the camera being his wand and the landscape his stage, a combination which produces pure mono magic for everyone to look at in awe and feel inspired to create also.
    When I discovered Joel's work I was mesmorised by the pictures he put on my screen and with this I had to try it myself.
    I don't create such masterpieces as Joel but I just want to say thankyou for showing me another direction in my photography which I am enjoying immensly.
    I am so glad you are getting the recognition your work deserves and all the best for your future.


    March 4th, 2011

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    jefvandenhoute says:

    "One of the strongest B/W portfolio I have seen in the last months. Great composition and tone handling. An inspiration for every B/W photographer"

    February 25th, 2011

  • view profile says:

    "Joel, you're such an inspiration. Your work is true art and your craft is extraordinary. We're blessed to see your work. Saludos!"

    February 24th, 2011

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    Calmtwood says:

    "Long Exposure-photography probably doesn't appeal to everyone, especially when the photographer strives for art and peace in his images.

    However, if it rocks your boat and is your brand of scotch, I'd be very impressed to see somone more adept at this niche than Joel.

    I love LE B/W images, and I just adore his work.
    Simply masterclass!

    (en dat voor een krab uit Bergen op Zoom :P)"

    January 19th, 2011

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    Digit_AL says:

    "Making photographs and portraying them into shades of gray takes every bit of artistic vision, patience, and technicality; some of the many qualities that Joel exhibits in his photographic prowess. He has taken his art-form far beyond the norm and seems to have found the perfect balance between reality and surreality; a feat not easily accomplished at times. Joel's masterful works always finds me in awe and is a constant, flowing river of inspiration...truly one of the many artistic visionaries on this site."

    January 17th, 2011

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    Héctor Guerra (working, working...and working.... says:

    "El arte de la fotografía siempre ha sido el congelar el tiempo, detener un instante para el recuerdo, pero los tiempos cambian..... Quizás esto ya no sea suficiente y haga falta dar un paso más. Joel ha dado este paso hace ya bastante. Sus fotos no reflejan un instante, no detienen el tiempo sino que muestran su paso, haciéndonos sentir observadores de el.

    Ya un momento no basta, somos más complejos que esto y en la obra de este genio esto se entiende nada más ver cualquiera de sus imágenes.

    Una foto bonita gusta, el arte emociona. No es sólo una cuestión informativa sino expresiva. Es quizás eso lo que hace tan popular a Joel, su capacidad de expresar con silencio......

    Hablar de técnica en un artista para mí es absurdo, se ven limitados por ella y crean la suya propia, la forma que les resulta más eficiente para expresar lo que quieren.

    En su trabajo nada sobra, nada falta.... Todo resulta de la más profunda reflexión combinándose con la máxima precisión en busca de la perfección.

    Su esfuerzo de acercarse a lo conceptual, al origen y esencia de las cosas consigue que su arte resulte imperecedero y más allá de cualquier tendencia, estilo o moda.

    Con toda mi admiración,

    Héctor Guerra"

    December 29th, 2010

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    .brianday says:

    "There are a handful of folks on this site that remind you why photography is an artform. Masterful talents that inspire you to push yourself to your own personal limits. Joel is not only an inspiration, but a leader and a teacher. A legend in his own right."

    November 4th, 2010

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    clay.wells says:

    "Joel's stream is one of those that when you discover it, you wish you had nothing other to do than to browse and be awed. His work is among what I consider to be the best on Flickr. The great care and thought he puts into his compositions as well as his processing are immediately apparent. What separates him from at least a few in that upper echelon of photographers is his desire and his ability to share and to teach others, to offer thoughtful critique and suggestions. Keep up the great work, Joel."

    September 8th, 2010

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    JK_LEE says:

    "Absolutely amazing pics, absolutely inspirational. What I like most about the pics is a certain consistency in them. You made me fall in love with B&W pics yet again. Thank you, Joel."

    June 20th, 2010

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    max tuta noronha says:

    "Well, I stumbled upon one of his pictures and I had to hold my jaws,
    (the floor was duty), and in silence I've asked where this guy came from.
    Well, If you don't know, from the Netherland, Neverland or Oz.
    I was taking by his artistic mind and sense os beauty and art.
    But to my surprise, he actually took it one step forward,
    he shared his vision and his tutorials, as pehaps, a sign of a good Human being.
    I commend you and I thank you for that.
    It opened my eyes to more beauty around me that I was to blind to see.
    Again Thank you.
    Best wishes and looking forward for more of your incredible shots."

    March 22nd, 2010

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    Bill Allen. says:

    "Of the hundreds of photostreams and thousands of images I view on Flickr Joel’s have that certain something that makes them stand out, head and shoulders above their competition.

    His photostream holds a wonderful array of artistic images that are of outstanding quality, if you don’t already follow this guy on Flickr I would highly recommend that you do so.

    His work is inspiring his kind comments are encouraging and the black & white images Joel produces are food for the soul.

    Thank you my friend for the inspiration."

    February 23rd, 2010

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    jeremy-moore says:

    "joels photography has made me want to really learn the subtleness of black and white photography... thanks joel."

    January 25th, 2010

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    Dene' Miles says:

    "Joel is truly an inspiration. I anxiously await each new post. Every time I think he could not possibly produce a better image he does. Each image is a work of art and he is truly in a league of his own. He often adds encouragement and humor to my day on a regular basis. Joel, thanks for being a friend and inspiration to many."

    December 10th, 2009

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    ***josh*** says:

    "Joel's work is an inspiration. You know talent when you look at a photograph and it instantly makes you want to grab your camera and head out the door. That's what this guy's work does for me. His photography is breathtaking, awe inspiring, and simply beautiful."

    December 8th, 2009

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    Emre Ucar says:

    "I have fallen in love with his black and white photography. Just superb. My respect."

    October 14th, 2009

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    delaphotography says:

    "I just wanted to say a special thanks to fellow flickr friend Joel Tjintjelaar and congratulate his most excellent photography and web page . His work has inspired me to re-look at black & white photography. His web page has made it simple to understand how to achieve great images! Thank you so much for sharing all your great techniques. Joel your work and technical knowledge continue to amaze me!"

    September 29th, 2009

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    TheLastShutter says:

    "Day by day you are a past master of long exposure shots...Your stream is full of superlatives...full of amazing monochrome images...full of intensity...full of technical mastery...full of wonderful inspiration...
    Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful work Joel...And many thanks for your technical advices! Cheers Benoît..."

    September 28th, 2009

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    Geraldos  says:

    "Over Joel kan ik ik vrij kort en krachtig zijn: Meester (en heerser) van de long-time-exposures! Ongelooflijk wat voor composities Joel maakt, elke foto is ook gelijk helemaal raak. Erg inspirerend en het wachten is op eerste officiele kalender-uitgave! Bedankt dat je al dat moois met ons wilt delen Joel!"

    September 11th, 2009

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    craven quiver says:

    "I don't find the right words to express my respect and huge estimation for your work, Joel ... it always fills me with silent admiration !!! I am so bad in technical comments, always looking for the soul in an image. So, this will be a short testimonial. Just to tell you how honoured I feel to be among your contacts and much more important, I feel delighted to be among your friends.
    You are one of my two absolute favorite photographers on Flickr.
    Stimulating and inspiring ...
    Thanks from the bottom of my heart !

    September 8th, 2009

  • view profile says:

    "The black/white long exposure photo's of Joel are very inspiring to me.
    I am a big fan of high contrast black/white photos and Joel knows how to create them, and the long exposure is making them extra special.

    Good job!"

    August 20th, 2009

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    -wiseguy- says:

    "When I first came upon Joel`s photostream I immediately fell in love with his b&w photos. I remember seeing the photos "Wuthering heights" and "The doors of Perception II" and I was impressed by the simplicity of the subjects and what a great impact they had on me. There was so such emotion tangible, so much soul that I could feel the artist behind the picture.

    Also when it comes to technical terms Joel`s photos are top-notch. I still wonder how he gets those incredible tones. The darkest black and the lightest white all in one picture, without any loss in the quality of details.

    And the openness I saw in his pictures, I felt the same openness in our contact. He didn`t hesitate to give me tips and has always been very supportive.

    Thank you Joel for the inspiration you gave me and for all your support."

    July 17th, 2009

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    p r i m e r says:

    "Joel is, without a doubt, the Flickr friend (and yes, I use the word friend rather than contact) that has inspired me the most.

    I once read somewhere that black and white photos lacked the soul compared of color photos. Just look through Joel's photostream and you'll see that statement beat into the ground. With a sledgehammer. And buried six feet deep. Joel's work, if nothing else, is full of soul. It's full of life. It's a glimpse into the soul of Joel.

    It's difficult to really explain how much Joel's work has influenced me as a photographer. I put him amongst some of the best black and white photographers that I have ever studied -- Ansel, Kenna, Weston, Blossfeldt, and Tjintjelaar. Just looking at the toning of this photos is overwhelming. I look forward to each of his new uploads -- each one is composed and processed perfectly. Each of his shots I study with intent, storing away information that I can use in my own photos. And Joel never hesitates to share his secrets or technique. I've come to him several times with questions and he always answers them thoroughly and thoughtfully.

    Seriously. If you don't already follow his photostream, you need to get your head checked. He is in that upper echelon of photographers on Flickr that transcends mere photography and creates art."

    July 15th, 2009

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    smooth digestion says:

    "I am consistently blown away by Joel's work. I have always loved black and white photography; it's all I studied in college... so, I was thrilled the first time I saw one of Joel's black and white images. They are simply stunning, and I find myself getting lost in them time and time again.

    When Joel takes the time to stop by my stream and leave a comment, it really means a lot. When a respected photographer says something about my work, I'm going to listen and learn.

    Thank you Joel for being a great flickr contact. I can't wait to see what you upload next!"

    July 12th, 2009

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    nlwirth says:

    "Before I ever considered learning about photography, I was drawn to black and white photos, so much so that I have always secretly considered the black and white shot the true art form of photography. Joel is not only a photographer that I suspect agrees with me, but also one that expresses his artistic vision of the world ever so beautifully in this medium. His long exposure shots of water and piers, which capture a zen-like silence, are simply brilliant, but even if these are fast becoming his signature shots, his creative eye also stretches into the world of the street, of architecture, and up, up, up into the skies where he always seems to find the most wonderful interplay of tones within those clouds that streak across the sky (especially in the long exposure shots). A deeper look into his photostream reveals that he is equally skilled at capturing color in his work, work that expresses the same sensitivity to shadow and light that is so prevalent in his monochrome work.

    I always look forward to a new work of art from Joel not only because I deeply appreciate his technical and aesthetic talents, but also because there is so much to learn from gazing at one of his wonderful artistic creations!"

    June 30th, 2009

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    Peter Nanden says:

    "I met Joel as a colleague and one day he showed me some of his HDR and B&W shots. I was amazed. I think he spends hours and hours on shooting, editing and research. When he speaks of his art, it's always with passion and it shows in his work. The photo's are all worthy of a FAV's label, especially the B&W series. He never makes a secret of his knowledge and is always ready to assist anyone interested in photography. I think he is a free, creative spirit..... or in his own words: "God in human form" ;). Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see his next creation."

    June 25th, 2009

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    merah semarak says:

    "The first time I saw Joel's collection of his work, I was stunned. I still remember the first image I saw of his - it was a time lapse photo of a lighthouse. The effect amazed me. I had no idea how dynamic and spectacular monochrome images can be, and Joel has shown me that monochrome images can make an impact I never could imagine. Plus, it was through his shots that I discovered all sorts of things I didn't know I can do with the camera. I find his work very inspiring, and he always managed to turn something ordinary into extraordinary. He's very encouraging and supportive to his fellow photographers as well. Keep an eye out for this guy!"

    June 6th, 2009

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    CitroenAZU says:

    "I am always curious with what will be the next in Joels stream...

    He' s got a great photostream of B&W shots in his very own style. I really like them."

    May 17th, 2009

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    Jeff Engelhardt says:

    "Joel is, simply, my favorite black & white photographer. I think he truly has a gift for visualizing the world for its textures, shades, shapes, and lines - and communicating what he sees to the rest of us. One of the highest compliments I think I can pay a photographer is to say that I have learned from them. And I learn from Joel - often.

    To be able to learn, and at the same time marvel at the beauty of the lesson, is to me one of the best things about being a photographer. It's a gift that Joel bestows upon us almost every day with his imagery."

    May 11th, 2009

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    Iain Gilmour Photography says:

    "I've only been on flickr for a few months, so I've not written any testimonials until now. In that short time a small number of photographers who predominantly work in monochrome have proven to be inspirational through the images they post and through the helpful comments they've made on my own images. Joel is one of those photographers. His black and white work with its rich tones and superb compositions have led me in new directions and his long exposure works are outstanding artistic photographic creations that continue to inspire me and others.

    Iain Gilmour"

    May 10th, 2009

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    DSLR_MANIA says:

    "Joel's photos are breathtaking, to me at least each time I look at his landscapes I feel a sense
    of tranquilly of the land I was born. His landscapes are of a scale that is not easy emulated
    and therefor are quite unique. His use of black and white and a dash of silver toning makes all the
    difference in viewing his masterpieces. His representations of his architectural shots are of the
    highest standard and the angles are always spot on. I'll be reviewing his work for years to come
    with great interest.."

    April 21st, 2009

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    "Joel Tjintjelaar, de master in black&white, een techniek die hij als geen ander beheerst. Zijn photostream is een genot om naar te kijken, de één is nog mooier dan de ander. Hij zoekt daarnaast steeds naar nieuwe wegen en ingangen om zijn horizon te verbreden, iets wat ik alleen maar toejuich. Ik word er namelijk zelf door geinspireerd!

    Mijn meest loyale contacts verdienen een testimonial, en ik beschouw jij daar zeker één van Joel. Altijd een positief woord en aandacht, hulde daarvoor. Ik kan alleen maar eindigen met te zeggen dat ik je nog lang als contact hoop te behouden.


    April 7th, 2009

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    fanatical discussion says:

    "Joel's work shows how in touch he is with his subject, his work almost comes alive at times as you look at them. His use of light and shading shows a very high understanding of their qualities and how to get the most from them.

    His most recent collection of long exposure photography stands out from all others I've seen and his techniques are phenomenal.

    I would recommend everyone spend some time looking through his work, as it will amaze and inspire you in equal quantities. On top of all this, he's a good friend and a super nice guy and deserves some of your time and attention.

    Always stunning work Joel, a real inspiration for others to emulate.

    Ian Graham"

    April 7th, 2009

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    sippay says:

    """"the talent lives here!

    i saw many photos,,, but here is most awesome shots..

    high quality is what I see in everything we publish, master the art of photography, inspires me to see so much beauty in your images.

    I am often without words to describe the beauty of your photos.

    continue with their works wonderful.

    for many years I hope I pass through here and when you open your delight flickr"""

    March 18th, 2009

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    Guido Musch says:

    "Ik ga origineel zijn en doe het in het Nederlands:

    Joel was een van mijn eerste contacten hier op Flickr, in die tijd maakte hij vooral HDR-foto's en die hebben mij heel erg geïnspireerd. Ook zijn zwart wit foto's zijn geweldig, bij die foto's mis je de kleuren helemaal niet, omdat ze erg goed zijn gemaakt.

    Joel, je hebt volgens mij een van de beste photostreams op Flickr, keep up the great work!"

    March 15th, 2009

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    GAURAV SRIVASTAVA a.k.a. gauravkun says:

    "If you are a student of photography come see Joel's photographs. Here you will see beautiful tones and perfect exposure. Each and every pixel of his photographs is perfectly exposed. If he is not able to expose the photograph perfectly with 1 frame, he goes for 3 frames, 5 frames. He is never afraid of making efforts for his love of photography, which is truly reflected in his work.
    Then comes his composition.Which is always perfect, i.e. you cant say that it would have looked better if this thing was not placed at this place. Cuz Its simply perfect, you just cant make a perfect thing better.
    In short, its a treat to watch his photographs. He's been an inspiration for me, and for many others for whom photography is a passion, for whom photography is a way of life."

    February 26th, 2009

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    Flооd says:

    "Joel Tjintjelaar takes great pride in his technically and beautifully composed images. While subtly playful, he takes his monochrome shots seriously enough to always come out with a crisp marriage of black and white harmony that is stunning. He's not afraid to experiment with concepts a little out of his comfort zone and no challenge is too great for his creativity.

    I owe a lot to Joel in the improvement of my own photography and I can never thank him enough. I'm grateful to know you, Joel!"

    February 19th, 2009

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    Joshua Wyborn says:

    "I have known Joel for quite a while now and he has always been there to support me. He is a great friend and mentor. His monotone work is just incredible and inspirational to me. His use of interesting composition focusing and depth of field make his photos rare and very interesting to look at. Joel is a true friend; one I could rely on any day. I just hope I could do the same for him."

    January 10th, 2009

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    delightful actor says:

    "I love Joel's images in his stream. They are technically proficient, dynamic, full of depth and mood. He brings famous photographers of the past back to life. Photogs such as Bresson and Newton come to mind when viewing his stream. I may be a photojournalist--but his work speaks volumes to me."

    January 6th, 2009

Julius Tjintjelaar
December 2005
Netherlands (Holland)
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