Percival’s Portrait

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Percival

May I present, with thanks and apologies to the artists, curators and judges of the Percival Portraits exhibitions at Riverway and the Perc Tucker Gallery, Percival?

I spotted him on the bank of Ross River just below the Pinnacles Gallery while I was musing on the exhibition I had just seen: many wonderful photographs and a wide varity of approaches to portraiture but a strangely narrow range of … species.

Homo sapiens without exception.

Dull, really – even though Homo sap is my own species (and no, I won’t get side-tracked into whether we really deserve the “sapiens”).

Furthermore, if the whole concept of the portrait is to depict a person, then surely it is another example of our mildly unhealthy habit of thinking of people as somehow separate from the rest of the animal kingdom, the rest of the natural world.

And there was this handsome gentleman, posing for his portrait as though he knew what I was thinking …

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