Kate Middleton has announced an exciting new photography initiative, and it's one that people all across the United Kingdom can take part in! As People reports, Kate has collaborated with the National Portrait Gallery for the project, called "Hold Still".
Kate is hoping to "capture a portrait of the nation" at present
Kate wants U.K. citizens to share portrait photos they've taken over the past few months that capture the emotional reality of dealing with the coronavirus situation, accompanied by a description of what they portray. Those that are selected to be part of "Hold Still" will have their photos shown in an online gallery exhibition early this summer. In a statement, Kate explained the thought process behind her project.
"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," she said. "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," Kate continued. "Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing."
Kate has chosen three main themes to centre photo project on
Kate Middleton's "Be Still" project is looking for submissions that fall into one of three categories. Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness are all themes that Kate wants to highlight through photographic portraits. And as People mentions, the royal herself has taken photos of her children that are a perfect fit!
She shared a picture last month showing her youngest son Prince Louis with rainbow paint on his hands as he made paintings in support of the NHS and other essential workers. And last week, she shared some photos of daughter Princess Charlotte delivering food to their neighbours in Norfolk!
Kate encourages people of all ages and skill levels to contribute
Kate hopes that when circumstances and timing permits, the "Be Still" exhibition she's helping to curate will be able to be shown in a physical space as well. As patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate is invested in the project because of the unique circumstances of the current time.
"It is something she is really driving," commented a royal source. "It focuses on the human story of lockdown and their experiences. It hopes to capture a moment in time." Submissions for the project are open from May 7 until June 18 at npg.org.uk. And as People shares, it's not just professional photographers who are welcome to send in their images.
The project is open to all ages and abilities, and the photos sent in can be captured on any type of phone or camera. Instead of being judged on technical precision and artistry, submissions will be evaluated based on their ability to capture the emotional reality of the moment.
Kate to share how images she's seen "have resonated with her"
Kate Middleton recently talked to ITV's This Morning about "Be Still". As a royal source told People, the interview will air Thursday and see Kate mentioning how some of the images she's recently seen "have resonated with her" and inspired her project.
The director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan, said in a statement that the Gallery is "honored to partner with the Duchess of Cambridge on the 'Hold Still' project, which will provide an inclusive perspective on, and an important historical record of, these unprecedented times, expressed through the faces of the nation."
Kensington Palace shared that their hope for the project is "creating a collective portrait of lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humor and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope."
"It will also act as a reminder of the significance of human connection in times of adversity," Kate's office continued, "and that although we were physically apart, as a community and nation, we all faced and rose to the challenge together."