Nobody’s Perfect BBC4

Nobody’s Perfect, BBC4 10th November 2016

This programme was an exploration of identity by Rankin and Alison Leeder. Rankin is best known as a fashion photographer and Leeder as the disabled subject on the 4th Plinth in Trafalalgar Square.

They looked at four people and their views of their own identity in pictures.  The first was a cancer amputee, someone with body dysmorphia, someone with alopecia and someone with neurofibromatosis.

All agreed to do a photoshoot.  A key objective of the programme was to get all the participants to own their identity and deformity.

It is interesting that the selfie is about “conformity and not individuality.”

Beauty is a social construct.

The thing that impressed me most was how the photographer Rankin communicated with the person and explored the disability. You can do this kind of thing with kindness.