If you follow me on Instagram you might remember I visited the RAW Art Fair in Rotterdam two weeks ago. One of the artists that left a big impression on me were the works of Dutch photographer Jan Stel. I’ve been following his work on Behance for a while now, but looking at the amazing detail in Jan’s work on a large format is something I can recommend to everybody.
Jan is an ‘urbex’-photographer. Urbex, short for urban exploration, has become very popular the last few years through communities like Flickr, DeviantArt and Behance. The popularity is both a burden and a blessing: it’s lovely to see art made in these wonderful, forgotten places but a burden since locations get trampled, robbed and tagged by people who don’t respect the place enough to let it alone. You can find many urbex photographers online, but there are just a few photographers who are really good. Jan Stel is one of them. I love how he knows to capture the silence of these places, his images emit a calm you often find in landscape photography.
Jan has been visiting abandoned locations for over ten years, it’s impossible for me to show you all his lovely photographs. Below you can find a selection of his pieces. If you want to see more be sure to visit the archive on his website, where you can find hundreds of beautiful photos.
Thanks for reading! What do you think of Jan’s work?