Growing up in central London has been an important impetus for Jason Wilde's interest in the small dramas of city life. As a photographer Jason's primary topic is Britain's rapidly shifting social landscape reflected in the people that inhabit its diverse communities. Working from within the documentary tradition, his practice incorporates various aspects of the making and use of photographs. Using elements from portraiture, journalism, still life, art, sociology and history, Jason aims to make images that reflect the social flux and cultural integration that characterises British communities in the 21st century.
Along with Silly Arse Broke It Jason is also working on a number of other ongoing projects.
Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio: Since 2010 Jason Wilde's Free Portrait Studio has visited a variety of venues in the London Borough of Camden and set up a mini mobile portrait studio. In that time 1680 large format portraits have been made of the visitors to those venues, creating an ongoing and unprecedented visual archive of Camden. The last JWFPS mobile event, in February 2014, was held in the National Portrait Gallery. The project is supported by 2 interactive websites, the online image archive and the information blog.
England Under 13’s: Each year since 2009 Jason has visited 4 London Borough of Camden playcentres and made a series of 200+ portraits of children aged 13 and under. The aim of this project is to make a series of images that enable the viewer room to reflect on a child's role within modern society and on our own relationships with children. The images can be seen here.
I’ll Kill all your Fish: Since 2003 Jason has been photographing the bathrooms of family, friends and strangers living on the housing estates of London and its satellite towns. This series of still lives explores the idea of the modern bathroom as a private place used by all members of the household for a variety of activities. The images can be seen here.
Estuary English: This is Jason’s youngest project and is an exploration of the area known as the Thames Estuary with a large format field camera. This project is as yet undefined but some interesting landscapes and portraits have already been made which can be seen at http://jasonwilde.com/projects/estuary-english
In 2015 Jason Wilde was invited by the Guernsey Photography Festival to become an artist in residence. The idea of this residency is to invite a professional artist to live in Guernsey for 9 months to create new work about the islands (Guernsey, Sark, Alderney and Herm) and to deliver a bespoke community education programme to a broad spectrum of learners.
Jason Wilde will be developing a project based in the island’s States Housing communities that will use portrait photography to document the estates’ residents. On completion, the project will become part of Guernsey Museum’s photographic archive. This is an important body of work that will fill a gap in the island’s visual record of 21st Century life in Guernsey. The project does not seek to offer opinion or impose a particular viewpoint on its subjects or audience. Its prime aim is to give visibility to a segment of the island’s community that is often invisible.
This project is financially supported by Guernsey Museums.
The images can be seen here.