The global economic crisis that began ten years ago has made the activities of the ‘finance industry’ a topic of fierce public debate. But behind that reassuringly simple phrase is an enormously complex field, spanning multiple practices, cultures, and jurisdictions. Given its complexity, the abstract nature of its activities, and the difficulties of access, finance has also gone largely unrepresented in documentary practice. And yet as the 2008 crisis demonstrated it is a field with the potential to positively or negatively impact more lives than perhaps any other.
Trading Zones is the result of six months spent as the 2018 Archisle photographer in residence at the Société Jersiaise on the Channel Island of Jersey, a major international finance center. I have used this time to establish the foundations of what I anticipate will be a long term photographic inquiry into the financial services industry. The project employs a multi-method approach to the subject, engaging with different aspects of it through a constellation of techniques including conventional and cameraless photography, appropriated and manipulated imagery, architectural surveying, data visualisations, opinion polling, and more.
The residency concludes with an exhibition of Trading Zones at St. Helier Old Police Station in Royal Square, opening with a private view on 19th September 2018 at 6pm. The exhibition is then open daily from 10 – 4pm until September 29th.
This project is work in progress and I want to continue collaborating with the finance industry in it’s future development. If you work in finance and are interested in discussing a collaboration please get in touch.