7 May 2020
International law firm Taylor Wessing today announces its involvement in a first-of-its-kind photography project.
Building on a relationship stretching back 12 years, Taylor Wessing is supporting Hold Still, an ambitious community photography project to capture the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge and the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 7 May, Hold Still will create a unique photographic portrait of the people of the nation as we hold still for the good of others, and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe.
As of today, members of the British public will be able to submit photographs documenting their experiences of life in lockdown. One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery’s website and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.
Participants are encouraged to provide a short written submission to outline the experiences and emotions of those depicted in their photograph. The project will focus on three core themes:
Completely free and open to all ages and abilities, Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope.
More than ever before, we're seeing first-hand the importance of all of these things keeping our society together. Expressing ourselves through creative outlets is an important part of maintaining a sense of normality and a reminder of the significance of human connection in times of adversity.
Shane Gleghorn | Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing
Submissions for Hold Still can be made from 0001hrs today (Thursday 7 May) via: www.npg.org.uk/holdstill. The closing date will be the 18 June, 2020. The images can be captured on phones or cameras and each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise.
For 164 years, the National Portrait Gallery has existed to tell the stories of the people of Great Britain through the medium of portraits. In these unprecedented times, it is now more important than ever that we find ways to document and share our individual and collective stories of an experience which has impacted everybody’s lives in a multitude of ways.
Speaking about Hold Still, Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery London, said:
Nicholas Cullinan | Director, National Portrait Gallery London
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