Joel Belmont

Joel Belmont, IG:@joelbelmont_art
The themes in my work pursue spiritual narratives - contrasting the limited experience that we perceive with the five senses, against the unseen metaphysical realities of life that lay beneath the surface. As spiritual qualities are not something one can observe with the eye, my work employs visual metaphor and symbolism to hint at underlying truths and questions of the human condition, with the possibility of transcending it.Simplicity is not the absence of clutter; that's a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product.
My artwork is held in private collections in the US and Europe, I've curated photographic exhibitions, served as an editor for an international art publication, and continue to serve as a Lead Instructor for Dynamic Photography Workshops.
When did you start doing nude art?
In 1998, during college, and working exclusively in Large Format (4"x5") negatives.

I typically prefer to work with the nude human form, because it doesn't carry the hierarchical baggage of trend and personal style, and lends itself to more simplistic and focused narratives where the idea can be more elegantly showcased. Working with the nude, however, is also a great responsibility, because it's entirely easy to make an image that provokes people's libido, and can be quite difficult to create one that takes the focus off the body, and into the mind, especially with the sexualized associations that most people have with the nude form.
My images, when they are effective, serve to inspire others, or challenge them to see things differently than they possibly do; or to show them a possibility of spiritual connection that they may not have considered. I love to make people think, and to implore them to question the very nature of reality. When successful, the art holds a mirror to the viewer, and it meets each person where they are - in their own way, but still uplifts each one. I am also compellingly to work with narratives that challenge societal stereotypes, especially those that we've placed upon women; and to challenge ourselves to hold higher standards of protecting the environment, that we might escape the catastrophic disaster we're heading for at full speed. The arts must more fully address and engage this, or there won't be anyone here in 40 years to view it.