First Glimpse…Of Things Not Seen: A Year in the Life of a London Priest

Over the last twelve months, photographer Jim Grover has been shadowing his local vicar Kit Gunasekera at work and this latest series of photographs bring to life what it means to be a Church of England Minister working in a south London community today. 

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Care home visit. Photograph by Jim Grover. 

To create the series Of Things Not Seen:A Year in the Life of a London Priest, Grover has spent time with Kit at his vicarage, his church, his parishioners’ homes, care homes and on the streets of Clapham.

A selection of the 1,500 photographs that Grover took during this time will be displayed at the gallery@oxo from the 3rd to the 20th March.

The forty images chosen for display at the gallery by curator Katy Barron, will give viewers an insight into Kit’s career as well as his own personal faith. It is the first time that the daily life of a priest has been captured in this way, making it a uniquely fascinating experience.

Photographer Jim Grover said: “I wanted a project that was literally on my doorstep that involved local people and gave me a glimpse into a different world.”

Meanwhile the subject of his photographs Kit Gunasekera commented: “I didn’t know what to expect when we began this project, except that I was determined to be as authentic as possible. Due to Jim’s thoughtfulness and sensitivity, it was as if he wasn’t there!”

Foodbank Donations, Of things not seen. A year in the life of a London priest, Jim Grover, L1030724-
Jim Grover. Foodbank Donations From: ‘Of things not seen. A year in the life of a London priest’.

The exhibition will also include a selection of images taken by Kit’s congregation. grover provided them with disposable cameras and the simple brief of bringing their own diverse daily lives to life.

Of Things Not Seen: A Year in a Life of a London Priest is on display at the gallery@oxo from the 2nd to the 20th March. Admission to the exhibition is free and open from Monday to Sunday, 11am-6pm. For more information visit: . 

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