A ‘peculiar of the crown’ located off the coast of Normandy, the Bailiwick of Jersey holds a unique constitutional position. Politically part of the United Kingdom, and yet also seperate, the island owes allegiance to the Crown, but has its own government, and lies at a geo-cultural proximity to mainland Europe. This unique position has facilitated Jersey’s rise as one of the most successful international financial centers, something which gives the island considerable independence, but which also places it in a position of precarity, exposed to the ebbs and flows of global finance, and events like Brexit.
As the 2018 ArchIsle photographer in residence at the Société Jersiaise in St.Helier, I am currently engaged in making new work in response to these issues. I am particularly interested in how Jersey’s reorientation towards finance has been driven by the singular characteristics and experiences of the island, and in how this reorientation has perhaps further shaped and amplified these qualities. The resulting work is envisaged as something of a history, drawing on interviews with local people, archival material and my own photography.