Duchess Kate has surprised a number of amateur photographers by giving their ‘photos of life in lockdown’ her seal of approval. Kate has been commenting on photos of snappers who took part in her virtual photography project Hold Still, signing them ‘C’.
Earlier this month, Kate teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to launch the project, to capture photos reflecting the spirit of the U.K. during the coronavirus pandemic. There was a huge public reaction to the project! 7,500 entries were submitted only in the first week alone using the hashtags #HoldStill and #HoldStill2020.
One user shared a photo of a man looking out onto his garden. Kate wrote: “Thank you so much for taking part in the Hold Still project. I get so much joy from being outside and gardening too. C.”
There was also one photo of a girl Esme, posing with a painted rainbow. Her mum captioned it “Rainbow of hope”.Kate wrote: “Thank you so much for taking part in the Hold Still project!”
She also commented on a photo of a healthcare worker in uniform. “Thank you so much for sharing your story and for all the amazing work you continue to do at this difficult time. C.”
There was also another photo of a boy blowing a dandelion, to which Kate commented: “A perfect example of Hold Still… the chance to re-engage and value the simple things around us. C.”
Duchess Kate has announced the photography project in a virtual appearance on This Morning.
She’s asked the participants for photos in three categories: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness. The deadline for submissions is Thursday June 2020.
“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.
“Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”