" I love and embrace the joy and beauty of all of humanity in my work. My photographs are a combination of emotion, philosophy, spirituality, sensation, subconscious thought, desire. Sometimes I feel like my works are daydreams made real, expressions of all the thoughts, wishes, dreams and emotions that constantly course through my mind." Joris Van Daele
Artist and photographer, Joris Van Daele is an internationally recognized art photographer.
In the last year, his work has been published in many magazines : BW Photography Magazine (AUS), Jade (GB) three times, Moist (Canada), Carrie Leigh's NUDE (USA), cover of StillZeit Magazine (Germany) and in the book AVA Outdoor Lighting : Nudes (GB).
Joris Van Daele trained in design and photography under well known artists and photographers, including the late and acclaimed Canadian painter Patterson Ewen. He has taken art courses at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College.
He credits his technical skills in photography to mentors who shared their knowledge while he worked as a darkroom technician, reporter-photographer, medical photographer and commercial studio photographer.
Joris Van Daele's photography has been exhibited in many shows. His first was held in 1969.
The prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts selected one of his photographs to represent "quality contemporary Canadian art" for the mixed media exhibition called Spectrum Canada which toured internationally."
"Black and white are absolute. They express the most delicate vibration, the most profound tranquility, and unlimited profundity." (Shiko Munakata)
Much as music can express abstract ideas, or poetry can take familiar words and breathe new life and meaning into them, photography is an opportunity to communicate ideas that don't fit into any other language.
I love and embrace the joy and beauty of all of humanity in my work.
My photographs are a combination of emotion, philosophy, spirituality, sensation, subconscious thought, desire. Sometimes I feel like my works are daydreams made real, expressions of all the thoughts, wishes, dreams and emotions that constantly course through my mind.
"Michelle in chair"
Nude is the vulnerable self, the self most of us are dissatisfied with. Coming to terms with the naked self means an important kind of self acceptance, as reflection of external standards and a chance to drop the many layers we build to hide and protect the private self.
When I photograph people for my art, I pick subjects that are easy to work with ; I find women generally more comfortable than men with being photographed. I usually take the person out of the studio into a more interesting and less contrived location, like an old mansion or natural outdoor setting, as it adds extra depth and context to the image's structure and helps the subject relax.
I prefer using a hand held camera whenever possible.
After developing my film, I edit my own work ruthlessly, and only print a small percentage of what I photograph.
For me, fine printing is the completion of the alchemy of photography ; I immerse myself in this... playing with all the elements involved in a print as much as I can. I enjoy using the best quality, heavy silver based paper - I love the velvety blacks and the creamy highlights I can produce with them.
My recent work has explored deeper into who the subject is inside, as I search for more substance and complexity of their exteriors.
Media often portrays men and women stereotyped in age, physical appearance, race, style, in a set fashion of the day with little regard to whom they are depicting.
It’s as if the person has become a common object, like a couch or table destined for a catalog image, to be posed, ignoring the individual. Current photo styles are applied to everyone, and as a result, the subject’s individual characteristics are minimized by this generalized visual treatment. There is no recognition that the subject is an individual, with personal aspects that need to be revealed. By employing set styles of photography, the individual strengths and beauty of any particular subject is ignored, and depersonalization and objectification occurs.
If the person is not deemed as attractive in the final photograph, we may believe that this subject is not as attractive as some. We can reason that this is true, by pointing out other photographs made in the same style where the other person portrayed seems really attractive. But on deeper analysis, one person may seem more attractive than another simply because the treatment they received accentuates features similar to the beliefs about beauty that we expect, particularly in the framework of the style or fashion that it was presented in. It’s part of Naomi Wolfe’s beauty myth. We believe the photograph but what it shown isn’t real.
Those that are not very young, skinny, white or of perfect colour, of the body type in vogue, etc., will never reveal their beauty with this standard treatment.
"Chantel, on fireplace"
I welcome these subjects for my work - I know that there is much beauty in all of them.
My work affirms that photography is an important tool to share the beauty that is within everyone.
This beauty is not the stereotypical view as is in those images we all see - my work explores the individual with the belief and forethought that all of us have loveliness to reveal and have views and angles which are hidden by our personalities and own beliefs and need revealing. Mine is a gentle, forgiving, and exploring eye, as I expose these often unrevealed aspects of my subject. I smile inside when people tell me that I use really beautiful models - I know that the majority of my subjects would never receive a second glance if you saw them on the street or at your workplace.
His book to purchase here
"This book examines the nude without makeup artists, hair stylists, lighting experts, and studios. It explores people in familiar, secure surroundings : their homes. We have the opportunity to glimpse this private world that Joris Van Daele documents with sensitivity and an eye for detail."
Standard Landscape 10x8 inches (25x20 cm) 120 pages
Published : July 14, 2008