“I’ve had a career-long love of the process of shooting and developing images using large format cameras and B&W film. I continue to develop and print in the darkroom. Silver Gelatin prints remain my great passion as far as printing medium goes.”
Joel was born in Ohio, but has lived in southern California since the early age of 3. Photography came into his life while attending Cypress College in the early 70’s.
After college, Joel went to work for the United States Postal Service and helped start the Art Dept for the Santa Ana P&DC. He has won many awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.
For nearly 40 years, Joel has been photographing in the tradition of the West Coast photographers who were active in the first half of the 20th Century. He is especially inspired by the work of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, & Wynn Bullock. They dared to present their subject matter in sharp realistic detail, breaking with the tradition of the romantic pictorialists of the 19th century and Joel strives to continue in this tradition.
Joel’s equipment consists of two large-format wood cameras using black & white film. He does his own film processing & printing in the “wet darkroom” tradition. No computer or digital manipulation is used.
Joel continues to photograph people and places that compel him to create a photograph.