by Melanie Lowis
This portrait (Never Without Her Grandma) of local school-girl Millie Lowis of St. Marys and St. Peters Primary School, Teddington has been chosen as one of the 100 winners from 31,598 entries to be included in the Hold Still 2020 Exhibition, presented by the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton and The National Portrait Gallery.
The portraits create a snapshot of the UK over lockdown, the amazing images convey humour, grief, kindness, tragedy, and hope – all of which I am sure we shared at stages of our own experience. These portraits will help to create an important historical record of these unprecedented times. There are some truly humbling and moving images about lockdown, covering the 3 areas of helpers and hero’s, your new normal and acts of kindness.
In her new normal Millie (5 years old) made a cut out of her much-loved grandma (73 years old). Millie sees grandma almost daily and lockdown prevented the pair from seeing each other. As a retired teacher, grandma would have made the perfect partner to help Millie with home schooling. The bond between this grandma and granddaughter is truly a special one.
The photo will feature in a gallery without walls, a one-of-kind digital exhibition which can be viewed online now at the National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/ and in cities across the UK later this year.