Photographs are everywhere, but what do we know about the photographers who take them? This month The Bridge reached out to digital photography instructor Jody Jedlicka at Lewis and Clark Community College to hear more about her start with photography.
Jedlicka has done many things over the years from driving for a local trucking company to owning her own real estate brokerage for eight years. Through all that time, two things have remained the same: her love for art and wanting to share her knowledge with others.
In the spring of 2019, Jedlicka started with Lewis and Clark Community College as an instructor, but her background with Lewis and Clark stems further than that. She began classes in the fall of 2012 with the intent to just take one photography course.
“At Lewis and Clark, I found myself,” Jedlicka explains, “so from there that passion has grown.”
After that first class, her love for art consumed her and she began to take other art courses which eventually led to her also attending Fontbonne University to receive a Master’s in Fine Arts. Her specialty is film photography with an emphasis on dramatic portraiture.
“Emotion is a wonderful thing and difficult to capture,” Jedlicka told us as we discussed what to look for while taking photographs.
Not only does Jedlicka work for Lewis and Clark, she also has her own studio, Photographic Imagery by Jo, which you can find at 301 N. State St. in Jerseyville, Illinois. She sells multiple works of art including photographs, paintings and ceramics.