In a chat with the nurse that took a picture of her colleague for Kate's Hold Still Photo, Kate Middleton got emotional as she spoke about how the photograph inspired her and others that came across it.
Earlier this week, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, got to sit down and have an online video chat with nurse Johannah Churchill after the picture she submitted for Kate's Hold Still Photo was crowned one of the best.
In the chat, the Duchess expressed that the portrait of Churchill's colleague, Melanie, was an iconic one that stood out because it represented what most of the frontline workers went through during this novel coronavirus outbreak.
She added that Melanie's image, which was displayed as a giant mural as part of the Kate's Hold Still Photo project, represented a lot of frontline workers and how they were the real heroes who saved the lives of those sick with the virus.
Kate further added that the idea of the Still Photo project was to document how people went through life during the novel coronavirus outbreak and how the outbreak affected their lives. Speaking on Churchill's entry, she intimated that:
"It certainly touched us in terms of the judging panel. We felt it was a hugely moving image. I think it has like you say, it's really resonated with lots of the public too."
Churchill had taken the photo of fellow nurse Melanie wearing her protective equipment as she helped at a clinic for novel coronavirus patients. The image has since gained the love of the public and was displayed on posters and billboards across the United Kingdom.
Interestingly, the portrait was recreated by an artist, Pete Barber, on a wall outside Manchester's Northern Quarter. Asides from that, the image now serves as a symbol of respect for frontline workers across the United Kingdom.
Kate Middleton expressed that she was grateful to everyone who participated in the project.
In the chat, Churchill expressed that she was glad the image could resonate with many people and represent the frontline workers who had been risking their lives to help others. She added that:
"It's not about our story; it's about everyone's story. I like that that is what she represents. But obviously, we have our own story that's attached to that image too. It is a powerful thing."
Towards the end of the chat, Kate expressed that she was grateful to everyone who participated in the project. While it was hard selecting the top 100 photographs out of 31,000 entries, she was glad people took part.
Over the years, the Duchess has always shown her love for photography. Earlier this year, during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, she took images of survivors and their grandchildren to document how life has changed for the Holocaust survivors.
With her marriage to Prince William set to hit the ten-year mark next year, Kate and her husband enjoy lending themselves to projects that they find exciting and captivating, one which has a way of impacting the world.