The Jones Family (2010-2012) In 2010 the effects of the economic crisis and austerity measures had begun to hit hard in Eu-rope. In response I began working with the Jones family in order to mutually create a body of work, which speaks about the experience of deprivation within a wealthy country. The project began as a brief commission with the charity Save the Children and was later supported by the Getty Image Grant.
The Jones Family is made up of two parents and seven children who live together in a three-bedroom council house in the industrial city of Wolverhampton, UK. This is the first house that the family has lived in for three generations; the mother and father were brought up in cara-vans, as were their parents. This home is precious to the family: despite it being too small their memories keep them from moving into larger council accommodation. The Jones’ eldest son who was the first to go to university even set up his own animation business from his bedroom, which he shares with two brothers. Michelle aged 21, was the first to move out when she met Alex in the local playground and fell in love. Di Bronchi Jones Bondele was born to Michelle Jones on the 11th of August 2012.