In 2015 I was invited by the Guernsey Museums and the Guernsey Photography Festival to become the artist in residence on the island of Guernsey with the idea of developing a project based on the island’s social housing communities. The Guernsey Museums and the Guernsey Photography Festival had come to realise that the islands states housing communities were under-represented in the recorded history of Guernsey. By making portraits of individuals and families living in these communities, the prime aim of the project was to fill a gap in the island’s visual record of 21st Century life in Guernsey and give visibility to a segment of the island’s community that is often invisible and missrepresented. Guerns is the result of that residency.
33 colour illustrations
16 black & white illustrations
203.2 x 254 mm / 8 x 10 inch
Includes an essay by Greg Hobson
Published by Butchers Hook Books, London, 2018.
Praise for Guerns!
- Greg Hobson - “Very rarely does a body of work surface that addresses this imbalance and shows how portrait photography can be liberating, meaningful and of lasting importance. Jason Wilde’s Guerns! realises all of these through a combination of his warmth for his subjects and deft use of the camera”
- Daniel Meadows - “A multi-layered work, I think, you do a lot in 60 pages. Congratulations. I look forward to spending time with it, unpicking its many mysteries”
- Helen Conlon, Fine Art Curator, Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery - “Being invited into people’s homes is a privilege that is earnt. Jason Wilde’s skill as a photographer is equalled by his ability to engage with his subjects, allowing them control over the process and gaining their trust. The photographs reflect this openness and makes the ‘Guerns’ collection a valuable addition both artistically and socially”
- Greg Hobson - “Wilde’s photographs are a remarkably fresh and optimistic portrait of these communities. He has avoided the cliches of destitution and chaos, showing instead the binding properties of family and community. The work is joyful and there is a sense of ownership of the photographs from the subjects as much as from the photographer. In this respect, the photographs are an important testimony of the island’s states housing communities and history of Guernsey, as well as making a hugely important contribution to the tradition of documentary portraiture. Furthermore, by treating his subjects with respect, Wilde shows us how the power of photographs are revelatory, as well as a celebration of life in a cynical and suspicious time”