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Entrepot: Jersey - New Jersey

A visual and oral exchange of cultures, histories and identities

I'm currently working in collaboration with Archisle: The Jersey Contemporary Photography Program at the Société Jersiaise where we have embarked on a major creative research project using the Photo-archive as a vector in exploring historical and cultural links between Jersey and New Jersey.

This project is inspired partly by the 350th anniversary, in 2014, of the founding of the State of New Jersey, USA in 1664 by Jerseyman, Sir George de Carteret. As part of this project I will be producing new work both in (old) Jersey and New Jersey, exploring both places unique cultures, histories, identities and geographies. Immediate plans is to design a pop-up exhibition in New Jersey to coincide with major celebrations across the state throughout the summer. The long term objectives of this 4-5 year project are to make exhibitions, publications and establish contemporary photographic archives in Jersey and New Jersey.

We will posting updates, photographs and other interesting stuff both here and through Archisle's blog and FB page. Below is a few pictures from initial shoots.

Mon 12 May: The 9th May is Liberation Day in Jersey and the other Channel Islands. This public holiday marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Channel Islands from World War Two military occupation by Nazi Germany 1940-1945. Flags are the adopted symbols of national identity on Liberation Day and on 9th May you will see both Jersey's own flag - showing the red saltire cross and the three leopards of Normandy surmounted by a crown - alongside the union flag hung from windows, doors and flag poles throughout the island. For islanders Liberation Day is the opportunity to reflect upon the experience and history of German Occupation and to celebrate freedom. Through the establishment of the tradition of an annual celebration of Liberation during a public holiday the event has also gained momentum as the island's 'National Day.' While official ceremonies and government meetings take place in the Jersey capital of St Helier and the eleven other parishes, Liberation Day is marked in public and private ways across the island. These photographs, mainly taken near the west coast of Jersey, show the 69th anniversary of Liberation as it happened in 2014.

Liberation Day, La Ville De La Croix, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

German Tourists, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Liberation Service, Methodist Church, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Mrs Elaine A'Court, Worship Leader, Methodist Church, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Flags, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Charlie Blampied, Trade Council, Jersey Slave Workers Memorial Service, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

The Lieutenant-Governor Sir John McColl, the Bailiff of Jersey Sir Michael Birt and Chief Minister Ian Gorst, Jersey Slave Workers Memorial, Westmount, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Lt-Colonel, Sergey Savunov, Assistant Air-Attache to the Embassy, Russian Federation, Jersey Slave Workers Memorial, Westmount, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Official's cars, Jersey Slave Workers Memorial, Westmount, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Val and June's Street Party, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Anita Smith, Val and June's Street Party, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Liberation Day BBQ, Heathmount, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Shots, Heathmount, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Rocksteady's 7th Birthday Liberation Party, Watersplash, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Watersplash, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Dance floor, Watersplash, Liberation Day, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 May 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Fri 2 May: The generosity of people I have met during my travels around the west coast of Jersey has been tremendous. As in most cases the camera has been an invitation for residents to open up their home and to some extent their lives telling me stories about times gone and times to be had. In this post, I want to celebrate three incredible individuals that have welcomed me inside and allowed me to record both in pictures and interviews memories of a life lived. They have one thing in common which is, that they are all widowed and often they spoken lovingly about their deceased partner. First up, is Osmund Simon who as a teenager during the German occupation of Jersey from 1940-45 made illegal crystal radio sets. Also living through the war years, and experiencing a great deal of adversity in her long life is Mrs De La Haye, or 'Midge' as she is known locally in the parish, who last year in November celebrated her 100 year birthday. Lastly, we have Gerald Rowland who grew up in St Ouen's farming and working as a joiner. His passion is music and he has taught himself how to play, first the organ and then afterwards the accordion.

Osmund Simon, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Crystal Radio Set, Osmund's house, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Dining room, Osmund's house, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Family Bible, Osmund's house, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Osmund's house, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Remembering 'my young lady', Osmund Simon, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Alice De La Haye ('Midge'), St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 17 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

'Midge''s Bedroom, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 17 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

'Midge''s Living room, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 17 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Photo album, 'Midge's 100 year birthday party, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 17 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

'Midge''s Kitchen, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 17 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

'Midge's Front Garden, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 17 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

'Bel Pete', entrance to Gerald's House, Grantez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Gerald Rowland, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Birthday cards and music lyrics, Grantez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Rueben, Gerald's old cat, Grantez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Songbooks, Gerald's house, Grantez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Gerald playing, Grantez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 April 2014 © Martin Toft

Mon 27 April: Following on from visiting the Rifle Ranges on the North coast of Jersey, I have edited a set of other pictures from this part of the island. The scenery here is wild, the terrain ruggedly beautiful with steep heather and bracken-clad cliffs that soar high above perfect little bays situated below. Although these photographs are made around some well known sites and events from the island's cultural calendar, they attempt to show the ordinary of people and places that inhabit this coastal area.

 

Boundary trees, Les Colombiers, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 6 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

The Sea, North coast, St John, Jersey, Channel Islands, 30 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Laundry, Le Rondin, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 6 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Farm workers' accommodation, Le Rondin, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 6 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Nikita and Danielle Connan, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Jordan McConnell and Robert Connan, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Family Roast Easter Sunday, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 20 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Transmitting Station Masts, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 15 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Entrance Ronez Quarry, St John, Jersey, Channel Islands, 9 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Motocross, Sorel Point, St John, Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

The Devil's Hole, St John, Jersey, Channel Islands 30 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Wolf's Caves, St John, Jersey, Channel Islands 30 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Members of Channel Island Occupation Society (Jersey), Battery Moltke, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 30 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

1943 German Inscription, Battery Moltke, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 30 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Grosnez Point Lighthouse, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 21 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Gregorie Ciejka, Labourer, La Mare Wine Estate, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands 31 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Vat Room, La Mare Wine Estate, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands 31 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Sandor Megyes, Production Chef Assistant, La Mare Wine Estate, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands 31 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Heather, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 13 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

First Race Easter Monday, Jersey Race Course, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 21 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Members tent, Jersey Race Course, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 21 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Crown and Anchor, Jersey Race Course, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 21 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

21st Birthday party, Jersey Race Course, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 21 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Beryl and Ken Vibert (ex-Constable of St Ouen), Grosnez Farm, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 24 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Trophies from Cattle Shows, Grosnez Farm, Les Landes, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 24 April 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Tue 22 April: It's been a busy two weeks shooting with 1000s of new photographs to edit. Here is a selection of images from a few weeks ago when I visited the Shooting Ranges on the North coast. Jersey has a long tradition of producing good shooters and there are many different types of gun and archery clubs on the island.

Bruce Horwood, Competition Secretary, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Nick Atkins, Chief Range Officer, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Shooter, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

500 Yards, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

C. C. Mallett Jnr, President, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Young Shooter in the Butts, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Targets, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Entrance Riffle Range, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Mary Norman, Coach, Jersey Riffle Association, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Richard Gledhill, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Inspecting Targets, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Young Shooter, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Derek Bernard, JSF Honorary Secretary, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

25 Yards Practice Range, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Targets, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Wall display, Jersey Riffle Association Club House, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

The Club House, Jersey Pistol Club, St Mary, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Mon 7 April 2014: Entrepot is interested in documenting particular familes that have lived on the west coast of Jersey for generations. Some of these families are associated with traditional lifestyles, such as growing potatoes and other vegetables. Vinchelez Farm is operated by the only husband and wife team, Didier and Christine Hellio in St Ouen parish. Didier's father, Francis at 90 is still involved in running the organic farm shop. Francis prefers to speak in Breton French.

 

Francis Hellio, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Chrsitine Hellio and Elmo, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

Empty potato boxes (from Vinchelez Farm), St Lawrence, Jersey, Channel Islands, 30 March 2014 © Martin Toft

Lifting the first Jersey Royals, Cotils on the North Coast, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

Farm worker with hand plough, Cotils on the North Coast, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

Pawel Luchiet and Kinga Kanie, Cotils on the North Coast, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Marcin Ziomek, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Farm workers living quarters, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

Workers clothes, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Francis Hellio, Vinchelez Farm, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 5 April 2014 © Martin Toft



Tue 1 April 2014: Entrepot in 2014 will mainly be focusing on the west coast of Jersey in and around the parish of St Ouen. St Ouen is the largest of the 12 Jersey parishes by area, occupying the north-west corner of the Island. The Parish is reputed to be the most traditional of the parishes, being the farthest from the main town of St Helier and with much of the territory of the parish forming a peninsula. A number of prehistoric sites are located in St. Ouen, including the dolmen des Monts Grantez and the prehistoric site at Le Pinacle. St Ouen's Bay is perhaps the most famous of Jersey's beaches with its local nickname, the 'five-mile road' which features a vast open space of a bay with the best surf for a large community of board riders. St Ouen's Bay also have many other unique features such as sand dunes, a wetland's pond and it's famous sandy soil for growing the finest Jersey Royal potatoes. We will keep updating with photographs from Jersey's west coast as work progress. Here are a few pictures of a few people and places about St Ouen's unique identity and geography.

 

David Coen, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Jason Simon, the Sand Quarry, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

La Port, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Laneez Surf Center, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 30 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Yellow house, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Miniramp, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Jersey cow, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Charred tree, La Pulente, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

L'Etacq, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

German bunker, La Portelets, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Flag, L'Etacq, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

La Maison de Trodez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands, 23 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Plane in the Sky, St Ouen Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 

Tim Le Cocq and Jake Willis, Kite surfers, Le Braye, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft


Tue 25 March 2014:
As part of Entrepot we are interested in vernacular architecture. Atget 'simple documents' of empty Parisian courtyards will always be a benchmark, but here is a typology of traditional entrances to homes on the west coast of Jersey in an area known as La Sergente near an ancient burial chamber.




La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 



The Drifters, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 



Zouz ar Mar, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Maison Blanche, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Vilamoura, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft



(No house name), La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Rocky Ridge, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft



Haut du Pse, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 



Morland, La Sergente, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands, 22 March 2014 © Martin Toft


Fri 21 March 2014:
Last Sunday I visited the Open Day at the RAF Air Cadets at Lord Sandhurst Hall in St Brelade, Jersey. Everybody there was very welcoming despite rank and order.




Young Cadets beating the Drum, RAF Air Cadets, 7 Overseas (Island of Jersey) Squadron, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft





Peter Clarke, Acting Chairman Royal Air Forces Association (Jersey Branch oldest in the world formed in 1925), Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft



Sgt Richard da Silva, RAF Air Cadets, 7 Overseas (Island of Jersey) Squadron, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft





First Aid tent, RAF Air Cadets, 7 Overseas (Island of Jersey) Squadron, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft

Wed 19 March 2014: Here are a selection of photographs taken last week at St Helier Harbour. There are a lot of activity between Fishermen, Fish merchants and Shell handlers as well as general Jersey folk that com down to watch the sea and wonder what's on the other side of the pond...?




Huelin Renouf Depot, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 March 2014 © Martin Toft





Export to France, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour,
Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 March 2014 © Martin Toft






Shell Handler, Richard le Blond, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Jersey Lobster, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft





Captain Lobster, Skipper on Loupe de Mare, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft

 




Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft





Jonathan De Gruchy, Marine Engineer, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 14 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Staff Kitchen, Aquamar, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Evening Fog, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 14 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Security fence, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 March 2014 © Martin Toft



Obsolete Crane, Victoria Pier, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 March 2014 © Martin Toft



Charlie Michael and Emily Goodchild, La Collette Marina, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Roger Leonard, La Collette Boat Park, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Rubis Petrol Merchants, La Collette, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Alison Matthew and Hayley Ricou with Daisy and Dora, La Collette, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft




Energy Waste Plant, La Collette, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16 March 2014 © Martin Toft



Harbour Mouth (view of Elizabeth Castle), St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13 March 2014 © Martin Toft


Fri 14 March 2014:
The first set of pictures from week 1 visiting an auction for vintage surf boards, planting potatoes and spending some time with one of St Ouen's farm families, the Larose



Ashley Johnson, Jersey Surf Club, St Ouen Bay,
Jersey, Channel Islands, 7 March 2014 © Martin Tof

 



Water Splash, St Ouen Bay,
Jersey, Channel Islands, 7 March 2014 © Martin Toft


After months of rain and bad weather Spring in Jersey is a fervent of activity in the fields for planting potatoes.



A gang of Polish farm workers planting Jersey Royals, Jersey, Channel Islands, 8 March 2014 © Martin Toft



Peter Lamy, Somerleigh Farms
, Jersey, Channel Islands, 8 March 2014 © Martin Toft

The precious Jersey Royals stored in a shed ready for planting...





Jersey Royal, Somerleigh Farms, Jersey, Channel Islands, 8 March 2014 © Martin Toft


In St Ouen Bay another gang of Polish farm workers cover newly planted potatoes with poly




A Polish farm worker, St Ouen Bay , Jersey, Channel Islands 8 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Seagulls chasing the plough, St Ouen Bay , Jersey, Channel Islands 8 March 2014, © Martin Toft

Theresa Larose, St Ouen , Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft




The Larose's family kitchen, Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft

Bob and June Le Marchand, Grantez, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft




Sunbathing, North Coast
, Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft

 

Ronez Quarry, North Coast, Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft


Adam Bradbury at Motocross, Sorel Point, Jersey, Channel Islands 9 March 2014, © Martin Toft