Hold Stil was launched for British residents to capture life during the lockdown – Duchess Kate Middleton helped curate 100 beautiful images.
United Kingdom (17 September 2020) – The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is a talented photographer and patron of London’s National Portrait Gallery. She recently helped curate a new exhibition featuring images captured during the country’s lockdown.
The United Kingdom has been hard hit by the pandemic with their death toll sighting well above 41,000. They are experiencing a second wave currently, with towns totally shutting down when hotspots start flaring up.
With life altered so greatly, much like every country in the world, photographers were invited to start capturing their everyday lives. The community project was launched in May 2020, called Hold Still, to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during the pandemic. These images are what makes up the new exhibit.
Three themes were established, they are the: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness. 31,598 people, ranging from 4 to 75-year-old sent in their images to be selected. The Duchess and a panel of judges selected the best 100 images.
To help people see the exhibit without leaving their homes, the Duchess released the images in a beautiful video montage which you can see below. You can see the stills here.
“We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country. Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”