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Better be prepared for death – ROYAL LONDON X RANKIN presents you the digital exhibition ‘LOST FOR WORDS’, conveying the concept of mortality a bit with a more relaxed narrative

ROYAL LONDON, the financial services mutual, has partnered with renowned British portrait and fashion photographer RANKIN to encourage the conversation around death with a free digital exhibition entitled Lost for Words which launched on 16 November, 2020. The subject of death seems to be on our lips now more than ever, as we continue to live through a global pandemic. We are hearing numbers, stats and data on a daily basis, but it’s the harsh reality of personal loss that weighs more heavily than any facts and figures ever can.

Royal London and Rankin are tackling the taboo surrounding death. They believe it’s time to change the way we think about our own mortality and the mortality of our loved ones. Lost for Words aims to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to honor those we have lost and help us enjoy the time we have with those we love. Lost for Words is a moving new digital exhibition, shot by Rankin, made up of a series of photographs of people superimposed next to images of loved ones they have lost, bringing together the departed and those left behind. It also includes an interview series and short film discussing the importance of talking about death and planning for the inevitable.

The exhibition puts people who have experienced the loss of a loved one at its heart, and it is sharing the stories of a few familiar faces: Gloria Hunniford, Ashley Walters, Konnie Huq, Malin Andersson, Divina De Campo, John Stapleton, and Jeff Brazier who have joined the campaign to speak about their experience dealing with grief. Rankin also engages in conversation with people who are willing to discuss their experiences of grief and bereavement, some having faced loss through the global pandemic. Those who took part discussed their feelings about loss, what they have learned and how to deal with the practical and financial side of bereavement. They share what they might do differently in the future as well as what they wouldn’t change for the world.

Barry O’Dwyer, Group Chief Executive Officer of Royal London, said: “Thinking about death triggers an insight into grief for many people, and it’s understandable why many of us are reluctant to go there. But at Royal London, we see the massively helpful impact making financial plans can have on those who are left behind. It can be the difference between a whole family coping financially or struggling for years. “This exhibition with Rankin aims to encourage people to have a conversation around death and dying. Lost for Words is a fusion of intimate storytelling, beautiful imagery and vital information to lift the taboo and help people to be better prepared.”

Rankin commented: “What if ‘the conversation’ wasn’t so difficult? What if it was easier, reassuring, funny, joyful? What if it conjured memories of a full and happy life, rather than existential panic? It’s time to change the narrative.” In addition to the exhibition, ROYAL LONDON has lots of resources, guidance and information to help you and your loved ones prepare for death and deal with loss – emotionally, practically and financially. People are able to view the digital exhibition starting 16 November on lostforwords.royallondon.com

About – Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, while also providing protection products in Ireland. Founded in 1861, our excellent customer service and our mutuality means we can give customers that little bit more, and you can trust us to be there for you when it counts. GoSee : royallondon.com
16.11.2020 show complete article


‘2020 in your pictures’ – the open call by star photographer RANKIN and British TV broadcaster SKY ARTS on GoSee is looking for the best photos of the Year of COVID-19

So far, 2020 has been a wild ride. We’d be inclined to think it was all a bad dream, were it not for everyone out there documenting their brave new world. To celebrate the power of photography and its ability to provide a sense of stability in these strange and unprecedented times, Rankin has teamed up with SKY ARTS UK to capture the spirit of 2020 through images. So join our friend Rankin on his mission to capture the spirit of 2020.

From now until 23 August, Rankin is inviting amateurs and professionals alike to take a photograph, or submit something from their back catalogue, that represents their year in 2020, across the categories: Family, Fun, Self, Beauty, Empathy, and Nature. To take part, the photos should be posted on Instagram, tagging the handle @2020rankin and the hashtag #2020rankin in the description, along with the chosen category.

From September, Rankin will hand-select his favorite submissions with the help of special celebrity guests in the upcoming Sky Arts television series Rankin’s 2020. Alongside uplifting new talent, every episode will feature a technical masterclass by Rankin for photography fans at home to hone their craft.

Rankin’s 2020 is an open call – Any camera can be used, and everyone is invited to take part, no matter their background or how many followers they have. As Rankin explains: “Rankin’s 2020 is an open call to anybody who thinks they can take a great picture. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never taken a photograph before or you’re a professional, I want to see your view of our world. Together we can document this crazy year and make something positive out of it.” So get shooting! GoSee : 2020rankin.com

On broadbandtvnews.com, we read: “Sky Arts, the UK’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture, is going to be made free for everyone this September (2020). With a renewed focus on bringing more of the arts to more people, Sky Arts will embark on an ambitious program of activity to support and champion the arts – putting artists, creatives, and public participation center stage on a channel that everyone across the UK can watch on Freeview. The move to become free-to-air will include a bold new slate of original programs and increased and deepened partnerships with artists and arts organizations, providing them with a platform to create and showcase their work. And to support new talent, the channel will launch a series of bursaries worth £30,000 each, that will see leading figures from the arts support and mentor diverse and emerging new artists… ” GoSee : broadbandtvnews.com////sky-arts-to-become-a-free-to-air-channel.
05.08.2020 show complete article


Happy Birthday NHS – Star photographer RANKIN says “Thank You NHS!” with his portrait series of doctors and nursing staff, now appearing on billboards all over the UK

To mark the 72nd Birthday of the NHS, RANKIN photographed a portrait series with doctors and nursing staff of the NHS who work daily on the frontline, and continue to do so, to make sure that the COVID-19 pandemic remains under control. Because it is far from over. For the occasion, the photos will be showcased across the UK at bus stops, on billboards and in vibrant pedestrian areas including the Piccadilly Lights in London.

Shown in the photographs are: an ICU consultant, a COVID-19 critical care nurse, a midwife, a psychiatrist, a caregiver, a pharmacist, etc. – who all play a vital role in a meanwhile well functioning system.

Photographer and Director Rankin : “As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, I was moved by the incredible efforts of people across the NHS, and I wanted to document who they are and their role in fighting this disease. Taking a portrait is a unique and intimate experience, even with social distancing in place. Everyone had their own inspiring story which to them was just doing their job. I hope these images portray the resilience and courage they show every day in the face of real adversity.”

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive : “This has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history, with our amazing staff providing care to almost 100,000 hospitalized Covid patients, and many more in the community. Nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists, cleaners and countless others have pulled together, bolstered by thousands of former NHS staff who came back to help, alongside a new generation of students who stepped up. As we approach the NHS’s anniversary, these striking portraits pay tribute to all NHS staff and their extraordinary dedication. On July 5th, we also want to say thank you to those from all walks of life who have played their part in helping the NHS and our communities deal with this unprecedented health emergency.”

The participants have been photographed unhidden by PPE, to reveal the people behind the masks and celebrate the individuals they are. Alongside each portrait, NHS staff have shared their own personal stories from the frontline, providing a unique and touching insight into the lives of the people who are battling this pandemic and saving lives.

Emma Kelly, a critical care nurse at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At first, I thought it must be the wrong Emma as I feel like I’m just doing the job I’ve been trained to do. While all of us who work for the NHS do the job because we want to care for and support our patients – it is lovely to be recognized in this way and to be able to share our stories with the world”

Dr Farzana Hussain, a GP at Project Surgery, Newham, said: “It’s difficult to put into words how privileged I feel to be able to go to work every day and make a difference to people’s lives and to help battle this global pandemic. “Now more than ever, it’s important that we see the humanity that makes up our GP practices, community services and hospitals. Every member of staff has their own story, fears and hopes for the future. I think Rankin’s photography brings this out really well.”

To read all statements, GoSee : england.nhs.uk///rankin-unveils-powerful-portrait-series-dedicated-to-frontline-staff-to-mark-nhs-birthday
30.06.2020 show complete article