Watch Photographer Arnhel De Serra and the National Portrait Gallery’s Magda Keaney, tell Sky News what inspired them to get involved with the Hold Still 2020 project – 100 photographs capturing life during the Covid pandemic.
Arnhel’s image of ‘Richard the Postman’ features in the book – Hold Still – published by the National Portrait Gallery. “We invited people of all ages to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June, focussed on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the country, with entrants ranging from 4 to 75 years-old. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed.”
As part of the launch, contributors to the collection are leaving books in places that gave them hope during the lockdown. Arnhel left his copy in St.Mary’s church on Putney Bridge. The first person to pick up the book was none other than Warrick Woodhouse, one of the four founders of Getty Images!
See more of Arnhel’s work here