I believe a lot of the best things stem from testing times - there is no fire like the fire in someone when they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and take a deep 'this will not beat me' breath in. My own photography journey began when I was told I probably wouldn't walk properly again. I did my fair bit of moping until someone told me the story of their husband who was told the same thing and now runs marathons. So, utterly inspired, I picked up the camera I'd been meaning to learn to use for years and shot the crap out of everything, driving friends potty in the process. And here I am, making a living from it and loving every minute of it.
But today I want to touch on another story that is quite incredible. Joanna is a fellow photographer and someone who's worked I have always absolutely loved. What always got me about it is it was so unique, never following trends and using the latest trickery - just honest, raw and beautiful.
Dot & Fox is her recently launched print shop - which was started when she was sorting through scans of pictures she took on film when trying to deal with the absolute trauma that she experienced when she lost an unborn child. Photography bought her focus and helped her see the beauty in the world again. And did she capture beauty. Read her full story here.
Jo continued to use film to capture incredible still life and the world around her and a selection of her work is available in the shop. She has also started sourcing work from others and I can't wait to see how this incredible enterprise goes.
5% of all proceeds go to Tommy's (a charity researching and providing information on miscarriage, still life and premature birth) and these prints will just look incredible adorning your walls. Go on, treat yourself to one! Custom sizes are available if you'd prefer a bigger/smaller size of your favourite image.
Follow the Dot & Fox Instagram account to see new work and special offers/giveaways.
Go Jo! We're in total admiration. My favourite are the greenhouse ones - yours?
Formally Emma Gutteridge