Manchester Portrait Photographer
Jan Bella is a Slovakian-born photographer, keen traveller and climber living in Manchester, UK. His first love was architecture, which he studied in his home country. Jan first photographed mountain landscapes when he was fifteen using a film camera borrowed from his mother.
After finishing his studies, Jan travelled to photograph interesting landscapes across the world from England and Scotland to the Alps and Himalayas, as well as making countless trips back home.
Inspired by Baroque and Romantic painters like Velázquez and Rembrandt, Jan has now reinvented himself as a portrait photographer. In all his photographic work, Jan’s aim is to set himself new challenges and to portray his subjects with dignity and grace. His ambition to capture people's portraits in the landscapes that inspire them has taken him to India, Nepal and Ethiopia. Jan believes that everyone should be photographed and remembered. In his personal work Jan puts importance not only on how the finished photograph looks, but also on what his subject feels and thinks. This can be seen in his ongoing project Young Americans.