A world on the rise: Rankin’s new book shines a light on creativity as a tool for mental well-being
Can destruction be beautiful? Rankin’s new limited book “An Exploding World” has the answer. What started as a way to stay creative during lockdown has become her latest coffee table book and a reminder of the importance of creativity for personal well-being.
Photographers of all calibers have been deeply affected by the pandemic, no matter if someone had a big London studio or a film camera bought in February 2020. Being creative through a time of destruction is a real challenge that everyone do not accept. It was an unwanted, rather forced challenge that Rankin took on.
For this project, he photographed burning dandelions, a flower that has long fascinated him. They are symbols of courage, hope, growth, healing. Seed perfection can be an obsession, as in the case of Rankins. During times of great stress, he saw comfort in it. So why set them on fire? Rankin replies:
When fire burns in the forest, the old forest burns to make room for the new forest to emerge. By burning these dandelions, I mentally cleared space. Finding a new outlet for my creativity.
Rankin’s images show the beauty of nature in a non-traditional way. This duality is portrayed through the physical characteristics of the book. Thus, the bronze-colored texture is a nod to childhood fascination with dandelions, while the smooth Tatami paper is used to show off the licks of flames and the perfection of a dandelion. Combined, they bring out anatomical and metaphorical beauty in every detail.
“An Exploding World” is available for purchase from Rankin’s shop.