In his beautiful series, Devotion, photographer Franklyn Rodgers pays homage to a figure sacred in his life: his mother, Loretta. Over several years, Rodgers photographed Loretta and the circle of friends important to her. The large-scale portraits in Devotion recognise the significance of these close-knit relationships: mother and son, and between friends. His visual care for such deeply personal subjects is evident in the exquisite and refined grandeur of these works, the result of a methodology built on intimacy and trust.
Rodgers’ photographs investigate what it means to look into the human face. He drew inspiration from work of French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who claimed that our individual obligations and morality are found in the recognition of the suffering and mortality of others. Identity becomes both a departure and return to the self.
Now on show in a new exhibition at Autograph ABP gallery in London, it's an act of devotion to his mother and the intimate familial moments of love, care, tenderness and affection in these relationships. Loretta and the devoted network around her are a testament to the case for greater safekeeping and care across the human condition.
Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion A Portrait of Loretta runs from 27 April until 7 July 2018 at Autograph ABP in London. Find out more: autograph-abp.co.uk.