BWVISION is a website founded in 2009 by Joel Tjintjelaar and focused on understanding (fine) art and pioneering craftsmanship in black and white photography. Joel is doing this mainly through his artwork and educational writings but certainly also through his products varying from video tutorials to innovative B&W photo-editing software
We educate, promote and pioneer craftsmanship in Black and White and Fine Art photography by critically analyzing the many rules, and also myths, surrounding photography and art and, where needed, deconstructing those principles and reconstructing new principles relevant to fine art photography.
Furthermore, we believe authenticity forms the foundation of artistic creativity. From this notion follows that it is important to infuse everything we create, from artwork to tutorials and software with a uniquely identifiable part of ourselves and our experience.
Therefore we aim to refine concepts, and sometimes (re)define concepts in our artwork, products, and our educational writings, but we will never rehash commonplaces.
Quality in our blog posts, tutorials, products, artwork, and last but not least the services we provide, is the leading principle we live by. A quality that is characterized by the pursuit of authenticity and the passion for what we love to do.
Joel is a Fine-Art photographer, author, and educator, specializing in black and white, long exposure, architectural, landscape, and still life photography. Born in Jakarta, raised in the Netherlands, trained as a criminal lawyer, but worked in IT for over 20 years before he quit his daytime job in 2014 to pursue professional photography full-time
From 2009 up to this day I have been published in numerous printed global magazines, major online blogs and interviews, podcasts and also Dutch national television.
Over the years I have co-judged several international photography competitions. From the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, to the Minimalist Photography Awards to the B&W PhotoAwards and the Australian Landscape Awards. I’m one of the recurring judges of the annual Irish Professional Photographer and Videographer Awards.