Once retired in 2011, Noel was able to fully pursue his passion of Photography, focussing on black and white imagery of architecture. He pursued a formal education at the academy of fine arts in Heusden Belgium, and individual master classes taught by different fine art photographers to further enhance his skills.
Noel gets inspired by an ability to create an image of a building that creates a mystery and mood surrounding that building. He uses his imagination and state of mind that day to create the image, and enhance it.
His favourite architects are Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry and Norman Foster and he travels all over Europe to be able to photograph their designs.
Calatrava inspires him because of the ‘lightness’ surrounding his designs, almost like the buildings are flying away. Gehry caught his eye because of his swinging constructions, and Foster for his clear, light architecture.
His most inspiring photographer is Alfred Stieglitz.