KATE, the DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, has launched an exciting photography project on Thursday to encourage Britons to send in photographs that capture and document their lives and the work of “Helpers and Heroes” during lockdown.
The former Kate Middleton, an avid amateur photographer and royal patron of Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, announced Thursday in London that she and the gallery are launching “Hold Still,” an ambitious attempt to capture a portrait of the citizens of the United Kingdom as they cope with lockdown during the coronavirus crisis.
The Duchess of Cambridge invited people across the U.K. to post their phone or camera snaps starting early Thursday (deadline is June 18th) via the gallery’s website. Note to amateurs: Each image will be judged on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than photographic quality or technical expertise.
Those submitting pictures are asked to provide a short written description to explain the experiences and emotions depicted in their photographs. The project will focus on three core themes: “Helpers and Heroes,” “Your New Normal,” and “Acts of Kindness.”
One of Britain’s morning chat shows, “This Morning,” aired a video interview with Kate Thursday talking about what she expects to see in the submitted pictures, including resilience, bravery and kindness by ordinary Brits.
“We’ve all seen some incredible images out there and heard some amazing stories and some desperately sad stories, but also really uplifting ones as well,” Kate said. “I really hope through a project like this, we might be able to showcase some of those stories and to document and share a moment in time, I suppose, that we’re all experiencing.”