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eya 09-14-2020 01:39 AM

The Queen has released a message of support for, The Duchess of Cambridge, and her Hold Still photographic exhibition

yukari 09-14-2020 04:39 AM

Link to Hold Still Digital Exhibition:

(If you go through individual photo, you'll find short story behind each of them.)

Few glimpses from Vogue:

Prepare To Ugly Cry At The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Virtual ‘Hold Still’ Exhibition

After months of anticipation (and 31,000 submissions from the British public), the Duchess of Cambridge’s final selection of images for Hold Still is available to view on the National Portrait Gallery’s website. Designed to “capture and document the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation” during lockdown, the project brings together 100 moving amateur shots of everything from at-home haircuts to make-shift classrooms; exhausted NHS staffers on duty to dedicated postmen in superhero costumes; pensioners FaceTiming with their grandchildren to mothers cradling their newborn babies. Good luck making it past the first portrait without shedding a few tears.
Review in Telegraph:

Hold Still, National Portrait Gallery: heart-wrenching accounts of ordinary lives in the time of Covid
This new photographic exhibition - conceived by the Duchess of Cambridge - bring back very raw memories of a difficult six months
By Alastair Sooke, CHIEF ART CRITIC
14 September 2020 • 12:01am

Brace yourself. Grab some tissues. Because today the National Portrait Gallery launches Hold Still, an online exhibition featuring 100 photographs taken by ordinary people during lockdown.


While works by professional photographers did make the final cut (frankly, they stand out), this isn’t a conventional fine-art exhibition. Indeed, dozens of images are – in a technical sense – weak or flawed. Few, though, are forgettable. The judges weren’t bothered about aesthetic issues such as composition or lighting. Instead, they wanted emotion – often heart-wrenching, sometimes uplifting – and a sense of real lives being experienced by real people.


Is there a single image that sums up Britain’s lockdown in the way that, say, documentary photographs by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange captured the Great Depression? I’m not sure there is – in part, because lockdown, initially understood as a great leveller, turned out to affect people in profoundly different, and unequal, ways. Consider the myriad characters we encounter in Hold Still. A bright-eyed girl claps enthusiastically on a Thursday night. An exhausted nightshift worker in Wales seems on the brink of collapse. What do they have in common with the 17-year-old twins afflicted with ennui, trapped behind a window’s mottled glass?

That said, there is one image I can’t shake which hints at universality: Hayley Evans's Forever Holding Hands shows a close-up of the interlaced hands of an elderly couple, married for more than seven decades, clutching each other tight from adjoining hospital beds. Here is devotion – and solace: after contracting the virus, they died five days apart. It’s a simple thing, touch – but a primal one, too, denied in recent months. “What will survive of us is love,” wrote Larkin, at the end of “An Arundel Tomb”. I so hope he’s right.

Hallo girl 09-14-2020 07:02 AM

I am crying reading about it, I don't know if I could cope with looking at it.

tausi 09-14-2020 09:22 AM

What a historic project! I cried so much looking at pictures and reading such inspiring stories!!

Great work Duchess of Cambridge! This is truly a remarkable idea!

Osipi 09-14-2020 09:53 AM

There's a saying I like that goes "In order to see a rainbow, you have to stand a little rain". To me, this exhibit marks for posterity the rainbows that people found during this Covid-19 pandemic. Behind each photo was an example of love for one another and the power of love to help coping when the world has turned upside down.

Brilliantly done!

Fijiro 09-14-2020 02:38 PM

Great pictures, albeit sad times; they all have a story to tell.

poppy7 09-14-2020 03:46 PM

It's a moving, poignant and incredibly important exhibition. Well done to everyone.

solinka 09-15-2020 10:04 AM

nothing wrong with choosing this photo as a tribute to BLM movement. Predictably, comment section of a certain tabloide is dragging her for that.:whistling:

Lilyflo 09-15-2020 01:29 PM

It's a great collection of photographs covering a wide range of the public, which is important historically and artistically. I think the support from the Queen is significant for the project and also for Catherine herself.

AC21091968 09-15-2020 07:48 PM


Originally Posted by solinka (Post 2342510)

nothing wrong with choosing this photo as a tribute to BLM movement. Predictably, comment section of a certain tabloide is dragging her for that.:whistling:

And it's only one photo (or possibly 2) out of 100 and these photos were chosen by other panellists as well.

The Duchess of Cambridge is not actively promoting or directly speaking in support of BLM movement.

There are two photos of couples celebrating V.E. or V.J. day outside their homes with flags of Union Jack.

P.s. This is coming from someone with right-leaning views :cool:

eya 09-22-2020 02:36 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge shares stories behind Hold Still portraits

iceflower 09-22-2020 08:04 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge met families in Battersea Parkto hear about the help they have received from parental support groups, such as Home-Start, NCT and MUSH:

** video 1 ** video 2 ** video 3 ** rex gallery ** gettyimages gallery **

** dm article: Dressed down Duchess! Casual Kate Middleton re-wears pink M&S trousers and white trainers as she visits Battersea Park..**

iceflower 09-29-2020 07:19 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to become Joint President of The Scout Association with The Duke of Kent.

Queen Elizabeth is Patron of the organisation.

** scouts: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge marks start of Joint Presidency by thanking Scouts volunteers **

As a first engagement the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to 12th Northolt Scouts in London today, September 29:

** video ** video 2 ** gettyimages gallery ** rex gallery **

** dm article: Campfire Kate! Duchess of Cambridge dresses down in jeans and a gilet as she toasts marshmallows..**

iceflower 10-12-2020 11:17 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge as Patron of the National History Museum will reveal this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner tomorrow and recorded a video message:

** video **

** dm article: Duchess of chic! Kate Middleton dons a sleek black blazer as she visits the Natural History Museum to reveal..**

tausi 10-12-2020 12:20 PM

She looks stunning! I am looking forward to see the photo from the winner and other competitors

eya 10-14-2020 11:17 AM

Duchess of Cambridge visit the Institute of Reproductive and Development Biology, at Imperial College in London today.
The Duchess of Cambridge visited the London research centre to hear about the work that national charity Tommy's are doing to reduce rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth

iceflower 10-14-2020 11:31 AM


Here's another gallery, an article and a video about the visit:

** gettyimages gallery **

** dm: Kate Middleton dons a lab coat and face mask to tour research facilities at Imperial College London ..**

AC21091968 10-19-2020 08:20 AM

According to Chris Ship, One of the 100 finalists from the #HoldStill project has been made into a giant mural in Manchester.
Chris Ship @chrisshipitv
One of the 100 finalists in Kate’s #HoldStill project has been made into a giant mural in Manchester. More are expected around the country as part of the Duchess of Cambridge’s collaboration with @NPGLondon
#holdstill2020 #manchester #nationalportraitgallery
After and before [Down pointing backhand index]
10:03 PM · Oct 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

iceflower 10-20-2020 06:55 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked the launch of the Hold Still 2020 lockdown photography exhibition with engagements in London today, October 20:

** Pic ** dailymail article ** rex gallery **


** gettyimages: GBR: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Mark The Launch Of The UK Wide "Hold Still" Community Exhibition **

REAL COUNTESS 10-20-2020 01:11 PM

Beautiful red coat, but a bit to long, this way it makes her look older then she is.

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