Rankin 2020

Rankin 2020 \\ Sky Arts

Photographer Rankin

If you think about it, you will realise that an excited mother on the phone at 7.30am is not always the best way to start a day. However, this time the call was a little different, as she had been listening to someone on the radio asking for photography submissions to be included in a new TV show on Sky Arts broadcasting in September.


So, fast forward two weeks and constant reminders about the bloke on the radio I decided to find out a little more about the bloke on the radio so I could put the matter to bed once and for all. However, to my surprise the bloke on the radio turned out to be renowned commercial photographer Rankin.   

In short, Rankin is recording a new TV show called Rankin 2020 and was looking for submissions for the show and possibly appear on the show if shortlisted. Apparently, Rankin was looking for images that summed up 2020 under various categories.

Naturally, being the faithful son I followed Sky’s instructions and submitted a portrait I had taken of a work colleague called Adrian and did not think any more of it. To my surprise, I receive a call on my birthday from the producers of the show asking me about my submission of Adrian. Slightly different to the wedding photography I usually shoot!

"the bloke on the radio..."

Furthermore, they want to forward the image onto Rankin to review and possibly discuss the image on the TV Show. To say I was both astonished and a little star struck would have been an understatement.

However, after a few more chats with the producers they felt that although Rankin liked the image i did not fit the narrative of the TV Show. At the same time, Rankin felt it was a powerful enough image to want to chat to me about the submission so the producers decided we should discuss the image over Instagram Live.


Evidently, I did not make the show but to be whittled down to handful of entries from thousands and then for the man himself to want to discuss the image was enough for me

"Rankin interview..."

Portrait Photographer Norwich

Therefore, I guess the morale of the story is to always listen to your mother even if it is an erratic early morning phone call because mums know best. Sky Arts is now availble on Freeview Channel 11 

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