Tonight (28th January) we were delighted to welcome Jo Howell as our ‘Zoom’ guest. Jo holds a BA (Hons) in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging. Jo describes herself as ’An Analogue Photography Process Fanatic’. Jo is based in Sunderland and is a passionate advocate of the Cyanotype printing process.
Jo started by showing images of some of her commercial work including her work photographing the glasswork art of the artist Ayako Tani for marketing and publishing purposes. Jo has also carried out work for and at the National Glass Centre.
Although Jo has a small studio of her own she admits to her preference for losing the constraints of the studio for the joy she gets working outdoors, especially when teaching groups of people her passions in photographic art. This was evident in the ‘pinhole’ photography project she spoke of. Where under her guidance people made their own simple pinhole cameras from tin cans and cardboard boxes and were then able to take and have printed the images they captured from paper negatives.
A £25000 commission funded by The Cultural Spring & NEPN was up for grabs, which Jo tendered for and and was awarded the commission. The ambitious ‘Wear Experimenting’ involved the participation of Sunderland residents to join Jo in creating photographic art. With a gazebo and hydroponic tent Jo traveled Sunderland setting up her mobile workshop in locations such as Schools and shopping centres with the results being displayed on advertising hoardings, digital billboards and shop windows. By all accounts a great success.
Jo’s talk and presentation was a breath of fresh air from the norm and her enthusiasm and passion for her art came over in spades and showed that photography can come in many shades.
A big thank you to Jo for a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and thought provoking evening and we wish her continued success in her work.
Bob Finlay (President)