Last chance to see The Percivals 2022

This Sunday is your final chance to catch The Percivals 2022.

The Percivals 2022 features 203 painted and photographic portraits by 167 local and international artists.

Townsville-based photographer and first-time entrant Martin Hodgson is a Finalist for his portrait of local theatre stalwart Alan Cooke.

Martin said he snapped the Alan’s portrait during rehearsals for a play he was directing in 2021.

“I’ve been taking photos for Townsville Little Theatre for a few years and it’s great fun,” said Martin.

“You get some really good expressions and some good images when you do that job.

“The portrait I entered is of Alan Cooke who was directing The Opposite Sex at the time, and it’s just a good shot of Alan in action.”

Alan Cooke’s portrait in The Percivals 2022 IMAGE: Martin Hodgson

A Photo-A-Day is Martin’s Way

Martin said a photo-a-day challenge on Instagram last year encouraged him to spend more time taking photos. His Percivals entry was originally shared during that time.

“Every day I would take photos and put up my favourite,” Martin said.

“Quite a few people responded to Alan’s portrait. My daughter Lara suggested I should enter it in the Percivals.

“Some of the other images I posted throughout the challenge aren’t the best, but there are quite a lot of images I’m quite pleased with in there.

“I’ve been taking photographs since I was a kid, but when you give yourself a daily task like that and make yourself go out and take photographs, you do learn better technique, better composition and you sort of walk around all day looking for a good photograph. That’s quite a nice thing to do.”

Martin said he was humbled to be named a Finalist in The Percivals 2022.

To be chosen as one of the Finalists made me realise what a privilege it was because there are some great artists and photographers out there.” 

The Percivals 2022 are on at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until 3 July 2022.

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