RANKIN fotografierte anlässlich des 72ten Geburtstages der NHS eine Portraitserie mit Ärzten und Pflegepersonal der NHS die täglich und dies immer noch an vorderster Front arbeiten um sicherzustellen das die COVID-19-Pandemie kontrollierbar bleibt. Denn vorbei ist sie noch lange nicht. Die Bilder werden anlässlich des 72ten Geburtstages der NHS im ganzen Vereinigten Königreich an Bushaltestellen, auf Billboards und belebten Fussgängerzonen inklusive Piccadilly Lights in London zu sehen sein.
Auf den Motive zu sehen: ein ICU Consultant, eine COVID-19 Critical Care Krankenschwester, eine Hebamme, ein Psychiater, ein Pfleger, ein Apotheker, usw. - allesamt wichtige Schaltstellen in einem inzwischen gut funktionierenden System.
Fotograf und Regisseur 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 hospitalised 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 recognised 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