The Duchess of Cambridge has shared a selection favourite images from the ‘Hold Still’ campaign, writing about them for The Sunday Times.
Hold Still was launched back in May, as Britain was in the grip the coronavirus pandemic, and nearly two months into lockdown. Catherine partnered with the National Portrait Gallery for the project, wanting to capture the spirit of the UK during the unusual and difficult situation.
Speaking of the thousands of photos she helped asses, Kate said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.”Every submission told a unique story — from moments of joy, love and community spirit to deep sadness, pain, isolation and loss. It’s during times such as these we realise more than ever the significance of human connection.”
“The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in some way,” the Duchess wrote, “and I launched Hold Still with the National Portrait Gallery to give everyone an opportunity to share their own stories, so that together we could create a collective portrait of our nation that would record our experiences during lockdown.”
“I hope that the final 100 images will serve to showcase the experiences and emotions borne during the pandemic here in the UK, pay tribute to the awe-inspiring efforts of all those who have worked to protect those around them, and provide a space for us to pause and reflect upon these truly extraordinary times.”
The Duchess of Cambridge was joined on the judging panel for Hold Still by Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery; Lemn Sissay, writer and poet; Ruth May, the chief nursing officer for England; and the photographer Maryam Wahid.
The 100 finalist images they selected will feature in a digital exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery website from 14th September.
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