Jo Thomson is an experimental photo artist, based in Ontario, working with both analogue and digital mediums.
Jo began her post secondary studies with an art foundation course, an exploratory time, where she was introduced to a variety of artistic mediums. Her natural tendency to record and document the world led her to major in photographic studies at the London College of Arts (UK) gaining a Batchelor of Arts in Photography. Jo has since worked in the creative commercial environment for over 20 years.
In 2020, during pandemic restrictions, Jo embarked on a journey to rediscover her love of analogue photography and the magic of darkroom processes. She built a darkroom, sourced photographic materials and began a period of experimentation. She discovered that by removing the camera completely objects could be recorded at their true scale and form, using a direct contact method between the organic subject and the photographic material. The result is an ongoing exploration of camera-less techniques, inspired by nature & organic forms, and featuring foraged botanicals & organic materials, found on her rural property.
'the direct contact between the organic object and the print media eliminates any human interpretation and very simply records in 2D the true scale, shape and form of the organic mater. The darkroom created photograms focus on detail and form and the sun exposed cyanotypes produce a softer approach, with more translucency in the resulting print.'
Jo's work ultimately aims to record and elevate ordinary objects into things of beauty. 'looking at your work makes me feel calm, focussed on nature and on only the important things in life' (recent private client)
As there is no camera or negative, each art print is handmade and unique. Individual prints from the collection are available for purchase, and bespoke commission enquiries for private or public spaces, are welcomed. Please get in touch with your ideas.
phone: 519 9386800
"Very talented artist. Love all of her work."
"Looking at your work makes me feel calm and focussed on the important things in life"
"I just love my print and the fact that it's so original, the only one"