The resulting photo essay is an impressive, intense social portrait of a clergyman is his function as minister and pillar of his parish. With both his Leica M Monochroms (Typ 246 and the previous model), Grover documented his protagonist’s professional daily life – working in the church, making home and hospital visits, and on the streets. The outcome was a total of over ten thousand photos. Floris, the picture presented here, where the priest is offering the sacrament of holy communion to a sick member of his parish, is one of them.
Grover submitted the picture to the 2015 Faith Through a Lens competition and won first prize. The jury, chaired by the renowned photojournalist Don McCullin, explained its decision as follows: “This impressive image is an exceptional portrayal of faith in action. (…) The judges praised the fantastic use of lighting, the powerful impact and the composition, which encapsulates a moment of faith in the relationship between these two people.”
Curated by Katy Barron, a selection of 40 pictures from the project will be on display at the gallery@oxotowers in London, from March 3 to 20, 2016.