Since becoming a Crown Colony in 1834, St Helena has seen 35 Governors living in Plantation House (November Printed 2015). A giant tortoise called Jonathan lives in the front garden of Plantation House. Reportedly he is 280 years old, and has met every governor since arriving on the island in 1882.
Jon Tonks' series 'Empire' follows his journey across the South Atlantic, exploring life on four remote islands - the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St. Helena - relics of the once formidable British Empire, all intertwined through their shared history.
Travelling 60,000 miles around the Atlantic over six years, Tonks spent up to a month at a time in each territory, documenting these landscapes, and within them, traces of imperial history. Writing about the series, Christopher Lord describes Tonks as hinting at 'a skewed vision of an older, distant but not-quite-departed Britain'.