Kate Middleton’s photography project Hold Still has been a tremendous success, becoming one of the biggest the Duchess has made.
The Duchess and her team had the hard job of picking only 100 images for her special photo exhibit with the National Portrait Gallery from tens of thousands of applicants. The goal of the project was for people to send photographs of emotional or important yet everyday things during the global health crisis, capturing how life has changed in these trying times, yet still somehow keeping a positive outlook.
The chosen photos have been so successful that one of them has been made into a giant mural in Manchester. The mural shows frontline worker Melanie in full medical gear, including a face mask, glasses, gloves and scrubs as she looks into the camera. A colleague of hers, Johannah Churchill, was the one to take the photo back in March.
The mural now adorns a building in Manchester, with a video by the National Portrait Gallery showing how the mural was made is shown to passersby.
Along with the final 100 photos being displayed in an online exhibition, there are another 112 Hold Still community sites on display in 80 towns and cities in the UK, with the goal of bringing these powerful works of art to people and families from all over the country. The community exhibitions will have the 100 photos exhibited for four weeks on all kinds of things in the towns and cities, such as billboards, bus stops and outside of train stations.
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Last week the Hold Still community exhibition arrived in towns and cities across the UK. Since then, we have seen so many photos of the portraits across the country, and wanted to share some of those touching images. With your help, we are going to continue to highlight people’s experience of life during lockdown. If you see a Hold Still billboard, poster or digital screen – take a photo, tag us and share with #HoldStill2020 – and we will feature some of our favourites at the end of the week!
On Tuesday, the official Duke and Duchess Cambridge social media pages highlighted a number of photos of the community exhibitions, some even joined by the real-life subjects seeing themselves on display.
The royal couple also stepped out last week to see the photos displayed all over London themselves. They even met and chatted with some of the photographers and subjects about their experiences amid the global health crisis.
The project was launched back in May by the Duchess of Cambridge in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. It called upon people of all ages to send photographs they had taken during the lockdown in an effort to capture the story that many people have also been going through during this time period.
“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,” Kate said in a statement. “Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”