A new picture of Kate Middleton has just been released showing her using a Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera. The new portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge is to be used in the foreword of a book to be published by the National Portrait Gallery of 100 portraits that were shot for by the public during last year's Covid lockdown.
The portrait of Kate shows her using the Fujifilm X-T3 with a 23mm f/1.4 Fujinon prime lens - and was shot by pro photographer Matt Porteous, who has often photographed the Duchess and her three children.
Kate has in recent years favored using an old Canon Powershot G12 compact camera on her travels and for pictures of her family – so the move to mirrorless is an interesting one. Before using the G12, she is known to have used a Canon EOS 5D Mk II full-frame DSLR for her portraits. She is well know for her interest and skill as a photographer - and took over from the Queen as patron of the Royal Photographic Society in 2019.
Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 is the book that accompanies the community photographic project run by the National Portrait Gallery, where the Duchess is also a patron.
The Gallery 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, 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. After a virtual exhibition last year, the book of the images is to be published in 07 May – which will be the anniversary of the project's launch. If you can't wait until then, you can explore the 100 images at the online gallery right now.
“Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic,” writes the Duchess in our foreword. "I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to some of the photographers and sitters, to hear their stories first-hand – from moments of joy, love and community spirit, to deep sadness, pain, isolation and loss".