Post Study - Joel Biddle
Post Study - Joel Biddle
'Tectonic' is a project I describe as an exploration of the contrast between the still and the fluid, the harsh texture of geological structures and the glassy smooth of the surface of the sea. The project is ongoing and has slowly developed a style of photography that engages in minimalism and and formal compositions.
The project drew from many influences and was formed through trial and error, slowly removing elements of the photographs that were not necessary, finally culminating in black and white, 2:3 ratio images of the bodies of water with weathered geological structures breaking up the gradient of the sky and sea. The project aims to transport to an unknown, with an absence of context being important, thus no date or locations are given.
The images seek to create a calming sense of tranquillity to be found from my photography, and a sense of quiet that reflects the locations I photograph. There are no people in my work landscapes and very rarely any buildings, which leads to a sense of isolation, but its not a bleak isolation, its more of a break from chaos, and a choice rather than something forced.
All images were photographed using black and white film and hand printed on silver gelatin darkroom paper.
Stretch-I - Joel Biddle
Stretch-I - Joel Biddle
The Other Side - Joel Biddle
The Other Side - Joel Biddle
Meteor I - Joel Biddle
Meteor I - Joel Biddle
Tear - Joel Biddle
Tear - Joel Biddle
Meteor II - Joel Biddle
Meteor II - Joel Biddle
Meteor I - Joel Biddle
Meteor I - Joel Biddle
'Meteor I'  was the photograph that started the project.
It was taken in North Cyprus about four or five years ago and was of a lone rock that I went back to many times during my trip there to photograph again and again. The negative itself was very challenging to print from as there was not a lot of detail in the sky, but a lot of detail and high contrast in the foreground that required a lot of dodging and burning and filter use to control the variance of tone across the image. I spent over 20 hours at least to get the 'recipe' in the darkroom for this print.
Bat's Head - Joel Biddle
Bat's Head - Joel Biddle
Bat's Head - Joel Biddle
Bat's Head - Joel Biddle
Bat's Head - Joel Biddle
Bat's Head - Joel Biddle

b. 1994, Joel Biddle is a photographic artist working in London.

A recent photography graduate of the Arts University of Bournemouth, Joel works with minimalism in his photography, searching for order and structure, sometimes only found by his own intervention and study, often focusing on the interaction between bodies of water and objects.

The tranquillity found with large bodies of water, a substantial reason that a sea view is so desirable and buildings are built to face the sea despite the corrosive sea wind that those buildings will be exposed to, is reflected in the core of his work. Joel's photography is designed to emphasise that feeling of tranquillity by injecting structure, ratio or rule into the compositions, constantly searching for lines to intersect and play with.

Bat's Head- Joel Biddle
Bat's Head- Joel Biddle
Bat's Head II - Joel Biddle
Bat's Head II - Joel Biddle

More of Joel Biddles' work can be found online at:

www.joelbiddle.com

 instagram - @joel8biddle