Jo is a documentary photographer from Monmouthshire, South Wales. Focussing on the connections and relationships people have between each other and the spaces and objects they live within. Her love of photography began as a child, when she used to sit in the corner of the family bathroom-turned-darkroom, watching her father create prints from the situations he captured on the streets of Hong Kong while she grew up there. Jo now spends time with families and communities recording their stories. She believes in connecting with the people she photographs, going on a personal journey with them to genuinely feel and see a part of their lives.
Jo’s photographic practice also includes longer-term social documentary and personal projects. She spent a year with a local Women's Aid group, creating a body of work showing the empowerment and hope of the women and children, who had previously suffered in their lives through domestic abuse and were, at the time of the project, in the process of rebuilding their lives. She also collaborates with other artists to tell community stories, bringing together a range of disciplines, from theatre performance, to mosaic and documentary photography.
She recently undertook a personal project, Through My Childhood Window where she journalled her feelings and memories of each room, through a window in her parents’ house. A photograph of them in a different room was made each time she delivered their food shopping, as they shielded during the Covid-19 pandemic from March-July 2020. This was also her childhood home.
Her current long-term personal project is called Families Resetting, where she is exploring the resilience, hope and dynamic shape of families that are living through life-changing events.