38 A-Level Photography Students at Hautlieu School have been working on an extensive programme of study in their final year exploring Jersey's liberation and occupation history.
Work began on 4 June 2019 at the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive researching some of its historical collections. Visits to bunkers managed by Channel Island Occupation Society, Jersey War Tunnels and exploring the landscape of German fortifications around the coastline of Jersey have been followed up by further research at Jersey Archive finding individual human stories.
First-hand accounts from islanders experiencing the occupation of Nazi forces were retold to students in the classroom in addition to making a series of portraits in the photographic studio.
Everyday objects held in the collection at Jersey Heritage have also been photographed and students have produced an incredible array of creative and diverse photographic experiments.
In addition, students have interpreted how the themes of liberation and occupation relates to them as young people growing up in the 21st century using photography as a tool to express very personal experiences.
A selection of work will be produced as a 52-page newspaper supplement to be printed and distributed in a daily edition of the Jersey Evening Post end of April 2020.
Input for its design has come from collaborative workshops between Jersey and French students with visits to Hautlieu School by Professor George Dupin and a reciprocal visit to EESAB by Photographer and Teacher, Martin Toft.