Having lived in many cities, I have always been naturally sensitive to my surroundings and space. This spacial sensitivity and changes in my lifestyle made photography a natural choice for documenting the moments that caught my attention. With no formal education in art or photography, I taught myself how to use a camera and create images through trial and error; this form of play became my way of learning.
From that point on, creating compositions of everyday things became studies of colour, line, texture and shape. My curiosity with how light renders surface, shape and colour, both challenges and motivates me. It is these fundamentals that allow me to recognise and capture the beauty in ordinary scenes. A beauty that would serve as a response and at times memory relived. Photography has become another way for me to communicate my ideas and respond to my everyday surroundings.
Jo Kalinowski was born in London, UK. Her first career was as a hair stylist in London’s West End. Jo immersed herself in this creative and fast paced industry, eventually becoming an Artistic Director and teaching in London and international salons. A curiosity and desire for travel eventually lead her to Victoria, Australia where Jo now works as a Musical Co-ordinator implementing programs designed to enhance the lives of people living in aged care facilities. Photography is a recent addition to Jo’s life. Her current interests in this area have been inspired greatly by a connection discovered between her British urban roots and current rural Australian life, exploring man made and natural landscapes through minimal photography.
Jo has contributed her photographs to online contemporary and fine art magazines. In February of 2018, Jo held a solo exhibition of her minimal works titled ‘Urban Dreamer’ at Shelf Life Gallery in Victoria Australia. At present, Jo is working on a book titled ‘Other Peoples Treasures,’ a project closely connected to her vocation. The focus of the book is based on images taken by Jo of resident’s personal treasures. Jo’s aim is to share their unnoticed world.
Solo exhibition, "Urban Dreamer" Shelf Life Gallery, Taradale, Victoria, Australia
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