A photographer with a rare chronic endocrine disorder (Addison’s Disease), Jo is also an engineer and teacher in Gloucester. Born in Coventry and now based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Jo was shortlisted for the Picfair Women Behind the Lens award in 2018, Jo is interested in the psychology and emotions behind self-portraiture and what is actually feels like to be human in an ever increasingly online world. The pressures placed on us online are exhausting and those with health issues have no energy to deal with this. So, like Jo, they have to learn to love themselves even if they do not conform to the expectations of others.
In September 2018, Jo was awarded a Distinction for her MA Photography. In November 2018, Jo was awarded her APRS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society).
About Addison’s Disease
Addison’s disease – also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism – is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, muscle weakness, fatigue, and exhaustion. (Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/addisons-disease/)