Speaker – Jo Teasdale FRPS – My Adopted Family

By | 10th January 2024

9th January 2024

Jo comes from a Fine Art background and was an Art teacher and has worked in the arts for many years. When she moved to Brighton she took up photography and started taking images from around Brighton and Hove. As a member, Jo submitted one of her first images “Fred N’ Sue” to Brighton and Hove Camera Club, for feedback. She was persuaded to enter it into competition and it won Landscape Photographer of the Year “Living the View category” in 2014 (www.lpoty.co.uk/gallery/2014/living-the-view). Jo has gone on to win various competitions, been published in books and has had work shown at various exhibitions.

Jo is an eclectic photographer and loves to experiment with her photography. Having discovered her father’s Polaroid camera, she took it out to take photographs, but was disappointed with the results. So she started to experiment; first adding the prints to a solution with bleach, and then putting them in a fish tank full of water for the Summer. The results were beautiful abstract, colourful images (see here). She also discovered that looking at the reverse gave you a black and white abstract, which could be pushed further in photoshop (using the “invert” option). She had also produced a portfolio called “I’m not an old bag“.

Jo highlighted her favourite Photography Festival (Arles Photographic Festival, held Annually in July – details here). Since Covid it has diminished a little, but is recovering.

Jo then gave us a brief resume of her journey through LRPS, ARPS to her being awarded a Fellowship (FRPS) in 2016 for her portfolio “The Factory”. Finally completing the first half of her presentation with a review of her Street photography from New York in 2019.

The second half of Jo’s talk was about her latest project “My Adopted Family”. Jo explained each of her five chapters and the inspiration behind them: Portraits, Familial, Rumination, Aberro and Memoro . In Memoro Jo returned to experimenting with her Polaroid Camera.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, really challenging and stimulating lots of creative thoughts.

More examples of Jo’s work can be found here:

Website – www.joteasdalephotography.com

Flickr – joteasdale

Facebook – joteasdalephotography

Instagram – joteasdale